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Covid-19 vaccine goes on final test with thousands of volunteers

The world’s biggest COVID-19 vaccine study got underway Monday with the first of 30,000 planned volunteers helping to test shots created by the U.S. government -- one of several candidates in the final stretch of the global vaccine race.There’s...

Bill Gates reject claims that he created virus outbreak

Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates on Thursday pushed back against some of the conspiracy theories spreading online accusing him of creating the coronavirus outbreak."It's a bad combination of pandemic and social media and people looking for a very simple explanation,"...

South African woman contracts Covid-19 twice within 3 months

A doctor in Durban, South Africa, Dr Yuvan Maharaj, has reported having a Covid-19 patient who has been re-infected three months after her initial infection reports News24.Dr Maharaj, who runs a practice in Prospection, said the patient had initially...

Over 2000 Ghana health workers infected with Covid-19

Over 2 000 health workers in Ghana have contracted coronavirus and six has died, since the outbreak of the pandemic in the West African nation, authorities have said."The total number of health workers infected is 2 065," Patrick Kumah-Aboagye,...

Two Madagascar lawmakers dies from COVID-19

Two Madagascar lawmakers have died of COVID-19 and at least 25 members of parliament and of the senate have been infected with the virus since the first case was confirmed on the island in March, President Andry Rajoelina said...

COVID-19 vaccine may start in Africa by first quarter 2021

Africa could have a COVID-19 vaccine in the first quarter of 2021 if human trials underway in South Africa succeed, a university professor heading the trials said on Thursday.The ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 experimental vaccine is one of 19 being tested...

Zimbabwe sack health minister over Covid-19 material fraud

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has sacked Health Minister Obadiah Moyo for "conduct inappropriate for a government minister".Moyo's dismissal was announced in a statement released on Tuesday evening by Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Misheck Sibanda.Moyo is currently...

Africa now has over half a million confirmed Covid-19 cases

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Africa now stands at more than half-million, a significant number but still far below the numbers in other continents.The continent-wide total is now at least over 504,000 after South Africa recorded another...

WHO now says it first heard of Covid-19 on the internet, not from China

The World Health Organisation (WHO) changed its coronavirus timeline to say it first heard about the coronavirus from a press release online, rather than a report from Chinese authorities according to Business Insider.In the revision, published June 30, the...

Ethiopian Oromo singer, Haacaaluu shot dead in Addis Ababa

Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, a prominent Oromo singer, songwriter, was shot dead today in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa around Galan Condominium site.The artist who was rushed to Tirunesh Beijing General Hospital after the attack succumbed to the injuries he sustained shortly...
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Pirates attack Turkish ship off W. Africa; kill 1, kidnap 15

Pirates attacked a Turkish cargo ship off the West African coast, kidnapping 15 sailors and killing one of them,...
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