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#VOA. | End of compulsory mask for children in South Africa

Dressed in a yellow jumper emblazoned with the inscription “vaccinator”, Doretta Konney goes from house to house with her team in the densely populated fishing community of Chorkor, in Accra, the capital of Ghana. The West African country is making efforts to convince the population to get vaccinated against Covid-19 …

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#REUTERS. | Resurgence of covid cases in Africa, especially in South Africa

Dressed in a yellow jumper emblazoned with the inscription “vaccinator”, Doretta Konney goes from house to house with her team in the densely populated fishing community of Chorkor, in Accra, the capital of Ghana. The West African country is making efforts to convince the population to get vaccinated against Covid-19 …

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#REUTERS. | End of restrictions linked to the Covid pandemic in South Africa

The rate of new infections and deaths from the virus has slowed markedly in South Africa since mid-February. According to Mr Ramaphosa, the death rate has fallen from a daily average of 420 in July last year to just 12 last week. “We hope that the worst is behind us, …

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#VOA. | Moderna to set up its first vaccine factory in Africa in Kenya

The American vaccine manufacturer Moderna announced on Monday the construction of its first African vaccine factory in Kenya, after signing a preliminary agreement with this country which provides for the production of 500 million doses per year. The company intends to invest 500 million dollars (460 million euros) in this …

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#VOA. | President of Botswana positive for Covid

The president of Botswana, one of the first two countries with neighboring South Africa to have detected the Omicron variant, has been placed in isolation after testing positive for Covid-19, the government said in a statement on Monday. “The president has no symptoms and is under close medical monitoring”, he …

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#VOA. | Omicron cases explode in South Africa but severe cases do not

The Omicron variant has exploded cases of Covid-19 infection in South Africa, but for now hospitalizations and deaths remain fewer than in previous waves, health officials said on Friday. South Africa on Wednesday recorded the highest number of infections the country has ever seen during the pandemic, due to the …

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#VOA. | Rising number of Covid cases in South Africa

Marie-Chantal is waiting for her injection. “But only because I was asked,” grumbled the fifty-something, resigned, before rolling up her sleeve. The Central African Republic has only vaccinated 7% of its population against Covid-19 for the time being. For the health authorities of this vast country, the second least developed …

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#REUTERS. | Canada approves Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine for 5-11 year olds

In a busy market square on the outskirts of Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital, Nyasha Ndou keeps her face mask in her pocket. Around him, hundreds of other people, most of them unmasked, scramble to buy and sell fruits and vegetables displayed on wooden tables and plastic sheeting. Here, as in several …

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#VOA. | WHO gives green light to anti-Covid vaccine developed in India

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday granted emergency approval for the Covid vaccine Covaxin, the first fully developed in India and the eighth to receive the precious sesame. This vaccine – 78% effective – is recommended for all age groups from 18 years old. It requires two doses four …

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#REUTERS. | Decline in the number of Covid-19 cases in Senegal

Several essential workers have already paid with their lives for wanting to enforce anti-Covid-19 measures. These men and women did not die of the pandemic, but they too were victims. They had left their home one morning but had not returned home. Across the world, frontline workers have been insulted, …

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#VOA. | Upon receiving Kenyatta, Biden announces new vaccine donations for Africa

The United States will send 17 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to the African Union, in addition to the 50 million doses already sent to the organization, the Democratic president said in the Oval Office, before his interview with his host. Washington has pledged to donate a …

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#VOA. | In the Maghreb, tourism hit by the Covid looks towards 2022

Haykel Akrout has been the manager of the luxury Bel Azur for over 20 years. He proudly shows us around this hotel with swimming pools and thalasso, overlooking the beach in Hammamet, the famous Tunisian seaside town. “2021 is better than 2020 (…) But it’s still half as good as …

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#REUTERS. | Angelique Kidjo, Davido and other mainland celebrities plead for vaccine donations

“At the moment, it’s not good, we are not making any more money!” Kassoum is not fading: since March 2020, once flourishing commercial activity is now non-existent at the border between Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire, closed to stop the spread of Covid-19. Like this kai-kai (motorized tricycle) driver, the approximately …

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#VOA. | Fifteen out of 54 African countries have vaccinated at least 10% of their population (WHO)

“At the moment, it’s not good, we are not making any more money!” Kassoum is not fading: since March 2020, once flourishing commercial activity is now non-existent at the border between Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire, closed to stop the spread of Covid-19. Like this kai-kai (motorized tricycle) driver, the approximately …

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Cyril Ramaphosa denounces the “egocentrism” of advanced countries ~ #AFP:

A native of Douala, Dr. Nkengasong will head PEPFAR, a public health agency at the State Department with a budget of $ 7 billion. US President Joe Biden on Monday appointed John Nkengasong, one of Africa’s foremost public health experts, as ambassador on behalf of the United States. This was …

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