Biden stresses Africa commitments at UNGA

Biden stresses Africa commitments at UNGA

Zambia, Sudan and Cameroon are just a few of the nations that United States President Joe Biden mentioned during his speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, as world leaders gathered in person after last year’s virtual UNGA because of the COVID crisis. Speaking on the values of…

Meningitis outbreak is latest health blow to DR Congo

An outbreak of bacterial meningitis has claimed at least 129 lives in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with health officials warning that so far, roughly half of the people who became ill have died. Congolese officials, alongside the World Health Organization, said they confirmed the spread of Neisseria meningitidis,…

Health officials monitor new South African COVID variant

Another variant of the coronavirus, reported in South Africa, is cause for concern among health experts who are monitoring its potential but say they need to continue gathering information. The C1.2 variant was first noted in May, according to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) and its partners, which…

China reaffirms economic commitment to Africa

China reaffirmed its commitment to the African continent on Monday, with foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin citing an increase in direct investment, and advances in medicine and other sectors. “Over the past 20 years, the flow of China’s direct investment in Africa has been growing by more than 25 percent…

Cote d’Ivoire confirms first Ebola case since 1994

The western African nation of Cote d’Ivoire has reported its first case of Ebola since 1994. The country’s ministry of health said the case was confirmed at the Institut Pasteur after samples were taken from a patient hospitalized in Abidjan. The unidentified person traveled to Abidjan from Guinea by road…

South African team members test COVID positive in Tokyo

Four members of South Africa’s Olympic sports teams in Tokyo have tested positive for the coronavirus. Three of them are members of Team South Africa’s soccer squad and have moved into an isolation facility after testing positive for COVID, according to the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC)….

eSwatini denies Mswati departure, imposes curfew amid protests

The southern African nation of eSwatini has denied reports that its controversial monarch, King Mswati III, has left the country as protesters demand pro-democracy government reforms. In a statement issued Tuesday, Acting Prime Minister Themba Masuku said the king “is in the country and continues to lead” while citing false…

WHO: Africa COVID surge is dangerous and dire

Namibia reported a record high of 2,547 new COVID cases on Thursday, as health minister Kalumbi Shangula appealed for more oxygen supplies and nurses. South Africa saw 18,762 new cases as the government began deploying its COVID surge team. Mozambique, Uganda, Kenya – they’re all seeing impacts from a trending…

South Africa to host first WHO-facilitated mRNA vaccine hub

South Africa will lead the way in the effort to begin manufacturing COVID vaccines on the African continent, beginning with an mRNA vaccine technology transfer hub supported by the World Health Organization. WHO said it will work with its COVAX partners, a South African consortium of biotech firms, a network…