Saying goodbye to the Africa Centre of Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) first Director – Dr. John Nkengasong – is sure to be a bittersweet moment.
Nkengasong leaves behind an incredible legacy, having recently won the 2020 Global Goalkeepers Award for his highly commendable contributions towards health.
He has been nominated by US President Biden to head the $7bn US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in Africa, a programme that he was one of the founding leaders of.
Source: The Africa Report
Number of COVID-19 Omicron variant cases in Europe as of November 29, 2021, by country
In late-November 2021, the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus which causes COVID-19) was designated as a variant of concern by the World Health Organization due to fears about a higher transmissibility from the variant and a possible decrease in the effectiveness of vaccines against it.