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A Red Cross volunteer takes the temperature of a man in Kampala, Uganda, on April 1, 2020. Photo: Sumy Sadurni/AFP via Getty Images

The Mastercard Foundation announced a $1.3 billion donation aimed at improving Africa's coronavirus response Tuesday, the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: The funding will be distributed over three years and is intended to help acquire vaccines for more than 50 million people and improve manufacturing and delivery systems.

  • Less than 2% of people in Africa have received at least a single dose of the coronavirus vaccine, a stark contrast to the 11.6% global average, per the Post.
  • The African Union and Africa CDC had set a goal last year of vaccinating at least 60% of their population by the end of 2022, with the cost of the effort estimated to be roughly $16 billion.

Details: According to the Washington Post, as per the agreement, the Africa CDC will assist in overseeing the distribution of funds for an array of services, including workforce training, community engagement and support for individual nations’ vaccination programs.

What they're saying: “Ensuring inclusivity in vaccine access, and building Africa’s capacity to manufacture its own vaccines, is not just good for the continent, it’s the only sustainable path out of the pandemic and into a health-secure future," said John Nkengasong, director of the Africa CDC, in a press release.

  • Krishna Udayakumar, who leads Duke University’s Global Health Innovation Center, said, "I think this is exactly the type of partnership that we had hoped to see — and that we need much more of," per the Post.
  • “We need to be putting billions to tens of billions of dollars in play to acquire vaccines, but to also enhance the delivery capacity and capabilities and to generate demand,” she added.

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  4. Education: A COVID strategy backfires at schools — Schools across the U.S. offer vaccine drivesBenefits of in-person school outweigh risks, study finds.
  5. World: EU drug regulator recommends Pfizer COVID vaccine for kids — Italy announces new COVID restrictions for unvaccinated people — European health agency urges expanding booster shot access.
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Sep 15, 2021 - Health

Pfizer says data suggests COVID vaccine boosters are warranted

A nurse administering a booster shot of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine on Aug. 19 in Pasadena, Calif. Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images

Pfizer told the FDA Wednesday that data from its clinical trials suggests a third shot of its coronavirus vaccine may be necessary six months after the second dose because of waning efficacy.

Why it matters: The FDA's advisory committee on Friday is expected to review Pfizer's clinical trials and other supporting and conflicting data on coronavirus booster shots and make recommendations on whether more Americans 16 years and older should receive an extra dose.

Sep 15, 2021 - Science

Moderna suggests booster shots, citing clinical data

A box of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in Indonesia. Photo: Algi Febri Sugita/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Moderna vaccine's efficacy declines a year after it's administered, compared to protection seen in recently inoculated individuals, the vaccine maker announced Wednesday.

Driving the news: Moderna made its case for supporting booster shots, citing clinical trial data that demonstrate breakthrough infections are less common among participants approximately eight months after receiving the first dose compared to approximately 13 months.