Amid criticism of its handling of a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government has announced new measures to prevent a surge in infections.
Liberia’s chief medical officer has confirmed that the Alpha variant of the COVID-19 virus, originally reported in the United Kingdom, is present in Liberia.
The surge in COVID-19 cases in India, spurred by a more transmissible variant and complacency, provides a stark warning to African populations to remain vigilant to contain the pandemic.
A doctor coordinating the National COVID-19 Isolation and Treatment Center has disclosed that five healthcare professionals in Liberia have died from the virus since the outbreak began in March last year.
Liberia has received the first shipment of 384,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine donated through COVAX, a global initiative to ensure fair and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for low and middle-income countries.
As African countries have now begun to receive COVID-19 vaccine doses, former president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says it is vital for African governments to educate and reassure the public about the vaccines.
Former president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has called on global leaders to act quickly to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.
Liberia’s health minister, Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah, says the country has not yet verified if the new variant of COVID-19 that originated in South Africa exists in Liberia.