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South Africa taking part in trial of coronavirus vaccine

South Africa is taking part in Africa's first human trials aimed at producing a potential vaccine against the novel coronavirus, which continues to surge in the country.Oxford University, in conjunction with South Africa's University of the Witwatersrand, announced Wednesday...

About 9% of Guinea-Bissau health workers infected with Covid-19

More than 170 of Guinea-Bissau’s 2,000 health workers have contracted COVID-19, a World Health Organization expert said on Tuesday, warning that hospitals were close to being overwhelmed.The tiny West African nation’s under-equipped healthcare system has been struggling to curb...

African nations urges UN probe of US ‘systemic racism’, police violence

African countries are pushing for the UN's top rights body to launch a high-level investigation into "systemic racism" and police violence in the United States and beyond, according to a draft resolution seen on Tuesday by AFP.The text was...

Covid-19: South African scientists decry mass testing

A senior member of South African Covid-19 Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) has accused the country's health leadership of refusing to change its mass testing strategy in the face of serious resource constraints and a large testing backlog, even though...

Elder abuse prevalent among family members says group

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was marked all over the world on Monday June 15.  It was a brilliant opportunity for all to pause and reflect on the degree of the atrocious crime of abuse of older persons...

Ghana’s health minister tests positive for Covid-19

Ghana’s health minister Kwaku Agyeman Manu has tested positive to coronavirus and is in a stable condition, the President Nana Akufo-Addo said on Sunday.Sources said theat the 64 years old minister was admitted to the University of Ghana Medical...

WHO denies falsifying Covid-19 data in Equatorial Guinea

The World Health Organization (WHO) said the expulsion of its representative in Equatorial Guinea followed a “misunderstanding over data” and denied that she had falsified the central African nation’s COVID-19 case numbers.The Equatorial Guinea government asked WHO on May...

Scientist hunt for Covid-19 hotspots to test vaccine, may head to Africa and South America

Scientists in Europe and the United States say the relative success of draconian lockdown and social distancing policies in some areas and countries means virus transmission rates may be at such low levels that there is not enough disease...

Demands for fair economies and less corruption fuelled protests in Africa – CIVICUS

A new report, the State of Civil Society Report 2020, published by global civil society alliance CIVICUS, sets out the major trends and events involving civil society over the past year.The report describes the massive people’s mobilisations that swept the...

WHO fears covid-19 silent epidemic in Africa, analysts think otherwise

Africa has so far been spared the worst impact of the coronavirus, but the World Health Organization is worried the continent could face a “silent epidemic” if its leaders do not prioritise testing for it, a WHO envoy said...
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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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