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Africa’s First Covid-19 Vaccine Factory Has Not Received a Single Order

JOHANNESBURG – The first factory in Africa licensed to produce Covid-19 vaccines for the African market has not received a single order and may shut down that production line within weeks if the situation does not change, according to executives of the company, Aspen Pharmacare . The factory, in the coastal South African city of …

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In Senegal’s Former Capital, a Colonial Statue in Hiding Is No Longer Welcome

SAINT-LOUIS, Senegal – For more than a century, the French general who shaped Senegal’s former capital was hailed as a hero and a father figure, his bronze statue triumphantly standing on a square that bore his name. Under his feet, carved into the stone of a massive pedestal, a message read: “To its governor Faidherbe, …

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South Africa’s latest surge is a possible preview of the pandemic’s next chapter.

Coronavirus cases are surging again in South Africa, and public health experts are monitoring the situation, eager to know what’s driving the spike, what it says about immunity from previous infections and what its implications are globally. South Africa experienced a decline in cases after hitting an Omicron-fueled, pandemic peak in December. But in the …

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Mwai Kibaki, Former President of Kenya, Dies at 90

NAIROBI, Kenya – Mwai Kibaki, who helped transform Kenya’s economy and usher in a new Constitution as its third president, but whose tenure was marred by high-profile corruption cases and election-related violence, has died. He was 90. His death was announced in a televised speech by President Uhuru Kenyatta, who did not specify a cause. …

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Aliou Cissé Has Senegal Ready to Shine in World Cup

DIAMNIADIO, Senegal – Standing on the sidelines of Senegal’s brand-new national stadium, Aliou Cissé, the biggest fan of his own team, waved his arms at 50,000 fans, exhorting them to cheer even louder, his signature dreadlocks bouncing on his shoulders. Fans roared back, clapping and blowing their vuvuzelas at a more deafening pitch. Minutes later, …

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US Allows Hunters to Import Some Elephant Trophies From African Countries

The US Fish and Wildlife Service informed some hunters last month that it would allow the import of six elephant trophies into the United States from Zimbabwe. The African elephant carcasses will be the first allowed into the country in five years. The decision reverses an agencywide hold on processing elephant trophy import permits that …

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Western Officials Condemn Reports of ‘Massacre’ by Military in Central Mali

DAKAR, Senegal – French, American and European officials have expressed serious concerns about allegations that hundreds of people were killed last week in a town in the West African nation of Mali by Malian soldiers accompanied by Russian mercenaries on a campaign to fight insurgents. Although the accounts are still unclear, human rights organizations, security …

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