Africa’s need for a dedicated Covid-19 vaccine supply

Africa’s need for a dedicated Covid-19 vaccine supply

As with so many other facets of global wealth (and health) inequality, the rollout of the four Covid-19 vaccines produced by Western pharmaceutical companies and approved by American and European health officials – the “Big Four” of Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, Oxford/AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson – has quickly became yet another…

Volcanic emissions from La Soufrière reach African continent

Volcanic emissions from La Soufrière reach African continent

The explosive La Soufrière volcano in the Caribbean continues to affect the atmosphere over the African continent, with enormous sulfur dioxide (SO2) plumes stretching across the Atlantic Ocean. Experts including Mark Parrington, a senior scientist with Europe’s Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service, are sharing forecast and model images that show the…

Egypt dazzles with Pharoahs’ Golden Parade

The mummies of King Ramses II, Queen Hatshepsut and 20 other ancient royals were the highlight of Egypt’s celebrations on Saturday in honor of the opening of the main hall of the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) in Cairo. The mummy parade wound through the streets from Tahrir Square…

Africa CDC worries over Astra Zeneca vaccine availability

The head of Africa’s Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday that ongoing delays in receiving Astra Zeneca vaccines from India pose a threat to controlling the COVID-19 pandemic in the face of emerging variants. John Nkengasong says any interruption would definitely impact the ability to continue vaccinating people….

Cabo Delgado attacks add to humanitarian crisis

Humanitarian workers in Mozambique say thousands of people fleeing the violence in Cabo Delgado province are arriving in other parts of the country, while still others escape across the border into Tanzania. So far there are 3,300 people seeking assistance, according to an update from UNOCHA, the United Nations agency…

African elephant added to IUCN critically endangered list

The African forest elephant has been added to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, following the announcement Thursday that new genetic evidence means it will be treated as a distinct species separate from the African savanna elephant. The forest elephant, Loxodonta cyclotis, is now considered critically endangered because of the…

Stuck container ship blocks Suez Canal

A container ship traveling through the Suez Canal got stuck on Tuesday, blocking traffic through the critical route and creating a bottleneck for dozens of other vessels. The Panamanian-flagged ship, operated by the Evergreen Line, appeared to be heading from the Chinese port of Ningbo to Rotterdam, with other stops…

Suluhu sworn in as Tanzania mourns Magufuli

Samia Suluhu Hassan, the vice president of Tanzania, was sworn in as president on Friday following the death of John Magufuli. The 61-year-old Suluhu served as acting president since Wednesday, when she announced to the nation that Magufuli had died. Magufuli, 62, had long suffered a heart condition for which…

Buildings damaged in quake near Algeria

Authorities in Algeria say there were some buildings damaged by an earthquake that struck just offshore early Thursday morning. The epicenter of the shallow, magnitude-6.0 quake was beneath the Mediterranean Sea, about 20 kilometers from the coastal city of Bejaïa, according to the United States Geological Survey. It reportedly was…

Report: Child deaths underscore scope of Cabo Delgado crisis

The UK-based charity Save the Children reports children as young as 11 and 12 are beheaded by Islamic insurgents operating in the Cabo Delgado province of north Mozambique. The agency said Tuesday that it’s hearing accounts of the deaths from families who are among nearly 670,000 people now displaced because…

U.S. reinstates sanctions against Dan Gertler

The United States has reinstated sanctions against international businessman Dan Gertler, a close ally of former president Joseph Kabila whose interests in the Democratic Republic of Congo are under renewed scrutiny. Gertler was placed under U.S. Magnitsky sanctions in 2017 but was issued a one-year reprieve in January by outgoing…

Bata blast leaves at least 98 dead in Equatorial Guinea

At least 98 people are dead and hundreds injured after a series of explosions rocked the port city of Bata in Equatorial Guinea on Sunday. Images shared by Radio Macuto showed shattered and burned out buildings at a military barracks in the Nkoantoma neighborhood of Bata, where residents reported hearing…