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COVID-19 pandemic response gets $300m

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome pledge to CEPI to accelerate epidemic preparedness | THE INDEPENDENT | The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Wellcome on Jan.18 each pledged US$150 million for a total of US$300 million to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI). CEPI is a global partnership …

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COVID-19 affects sperm quality in men – Study

Washington, USA | THE INDEPENDENT | Men infected with COVID-19 might experience a short-term reduction in sperm count, according to a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. The study shows that some men infected with COVID-19 might find it hard to impregnate a woman after recovering from the …

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Ugandan medical cannabis hits Germany pharmacies

  Supplied by Cantourage in partnership with Israel’s Together Pharma | THE INDEPENDENT | European medical cannabis leader Cantourage and Israeli medical cannabis producer Together Pharma have formed a partnership that will see the first Ugandan medical cannabis brought to Germany. From Jan.12, pharmacies and patients throughout Germany will have …

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How a pig heart was transplanted into man

The first transplant of a pig heart genetically modified for acceptance into human bodies raises hopes for a new solution to donor organ shortages | THE INDEPENDENT | For the first time, a human has been given a transplant of a pig’s heart. David Bennett, 57, had the operation in …

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Shortage of vaccine carriers slows Polio vaccination in Arua

Arua, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Arua City Health officials have been forced to extend days for Polio vaccination over a shortage of vaccine carriers. The vaccination campaign targeting children aged below five years kicked off on Saturday in Arua. However, the campaign has been hampered by inadequate carriers forcing …

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Nationwide polio immunization underway

Uganda has started a three-day nationwide polio immunization exercise targeting over 8.8 million children under the age of five years Kampala, Uganda | Xinhua |  Uganda has started a three-day nationwide polio immunization exercise targeting over 8.8 million children under the age of five years. Vaccination officers moved from house …

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Mulago boss complains of Ministers, MPs seeking free services

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Executive Director of Mulago National Referral Hospital Dr Byarugaba Baterana has criticised ministers and Members of Parliament for curtailing the health facility’s efforts of generating revenue. He said they continuously demand free services at their private section. Dr Baterana said that it was …

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