Tag: Africa

In Africa, Dealing With Vaccine Challenges and the Omicron Variant

To the Editor: Re “As Omicron Spreads, Vaccine Supply in Africa Is Better but Wariness Persists” (news article, Dec. 2): I am a doctor in charge of a health center in a remote area of South Sudan. When Covid-19 vaccinations began this summer, people were inundated with misinformation. Some thought the shot would make them […]

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‘So Many Dimensions’: A Drought Study Underlines the Complexity of Climate

Back-to-back years of little precipitation in the Indian Ocean nation of Madagascar have ruined harvests and caused hundreds of thousands of people to face uncertainty about their next meals. Aid groups say the situation there is nearing a humanitarian catastrophe. But human-induced climate change does not appear to be the driving cause, a team of […]

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W.H.O. Scolds Rich Nations for Travel Bans and Booster Shots

LONDON — As the still-mysterious Omicron variant reached American shores, the World Health Organization on Wednesday scolded wealthy countries that imposed travel bans and dismissed those that poured resources into vaccine booster campaigns when billions in poor countries had yet to receive their first shots. The comments by W.H.O. officials reopened fraught questions of equity […]

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Nigeria Finds Omicron Variant Covid Case From October

Nigeria’s public health institute said on Wednesday that it had detected the Omicron coronavirus variant in a test sample collected in October, weeks before the variant was first reported by researchers in South Africa. The announcement expands the window of time during which Omicron is known to have been circulating before the World Health Organization […]

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Nassim Nicholas Taleb: No, Covid 19 Is Not an Old Person Problem

Yves here. Nassim Nicholas Taleb shreds the misguided logic behind Covid age-ism. And that’s before getting to the fact that in South Africa, the notion that the old are more likely to get really sick is simply not true: The newscaster starts by describing an “exponential” rise in cases, then interviews the head of ICU […]

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We Still Aren’t Treating the Pandemic as a Global Problem

Part of the reason South Africa is a scientific leader is because of the force of the HIV/AIDS epidemic it has endured. Bekker, who has worked extensively on HIV/AIDS, has seen a lot: parents and children suffering miserable deaths for want of a cure. But the worst part came, paradoxically, when effective medications were developed. […]

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Vaccine Hesitancy Hurts Covid Fight in Poorer Countries

JOHANNESBURG — The detection of the Omicron variant in southern Africa signals the next stage of the battle against Covid-19: getting many more people inoculated in poorer nations where vaccines have been scarcest in order to deter new mutations from developing. But while world leaders sometimes talk about this as if it were largely a […]

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South African Company Nears License to Sell J. & J. Covid Shot Across Africa

The South African drug maker Aspen Pharmacare announced on Tuesday that it was finalizing the first agreement to control production of a Covid-19 vaccine in Africa. The deal, with Johnson & Johnson, would allow Aspen to bottle and market the Johnson & Johnson vaccine across Africa under the brand name Aspenovax. Aspen would then have […]

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Will the Vaccines Stop Omicron? Scientists Are Racing to Find Out.

As nations severed air links from southern Africa amid fears of another global surge of the coronavirus, scientists scrambled on Sunday to gather data on the new Omicron variant, its capabilities and — perhaps most important — how effectively the current vaccines will protect against it. The early findings are a mixed picture. The variant […]

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African Marine Rules Favour Big Industry, Leaving Small-Scale Fishers in the Lurch

By Ifesinachi Okafor-Yarwood,Lecturer, University of St Andrews and Edward H. AllisonDirector of Science and Research, WorldFish, CGIAR System Organization and Edward H. Allison, Director of Science and Research, WorldFish, CGIAR System Organization. Originally published at The Conversation The African marine fisheries sector is huge. It’s valued at more than US$24 billion per year. The sector is […]

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As Omicron Variant Circles the Globe, African Nations Are Blamed and Banned

Nations in southern Africa protested bitterly on Saturday as more of the world’s wealthiest countries cut them off from travel, renewing a debate over border closures from the earliest days of the coronavirus pandemic and compounding the problems facing poorly vaccinated countries. A new coronavirus variant called Omicron, first detected in Botswana, put governments on […]

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Why the UK (and US) Left Is Wrong To Be so Dismissive of Non-Violent Struggle

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New, Radically Different Covid Variant Getting Footholds Now as Media and Officials Remain Complacent

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The War Nerd: The Tigray-Ethiopia War

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Afrofuturist Room at the Met Redresses a Racial Trauma

More than a year after the racial reckoning, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has created one of its most thoughtful reparations projects yet. I do not mean its returning of some priceless artifacts back to West Africa, or its addressing of past racial wrongs with a restitution fund to support diversity in the arts, or […]

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Intractable African Crises Flare as Biden’s Top Diplomat Visits Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya — Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken’s first visit to sub-Saharan Africa was intended to be a grand gesture of American support for the continent. But his first day also illustrated the frustrating limits of American influence in a region undergoing deep turmoil. As Mr. Blinken met with officials in Nairobi, Kenya, security […]

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Waste Watch: Fast Fashion Discards Pile Up in the Global South

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Blinken Heads to Africa as U.S. Tries to Avert Ethiopia Disaster

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken is scheduled to depart on Monday for a five-day swing to Africa, where he will lend support for democratic principles and seek to advance diplomacy aimed at preventing Ethiopia from descending into a catastrophic civil war. Mr. Blinken plans to begin his trip with a stop in […]

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2 Ivory Smugglers Captured in International Operation, U.S. Says

A two-year international undercover operation resulted last week in the arrest of two Congolese men accused of trafficking illegal wildlife into the United States, as well as the seizure of $3.5 million worth of elephant ivory, rhinoceros horn and pangolin scales in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to the Justice Department and court documents. […]

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Scientists project increased risk to water supplies in South Africa this century

In 2018, Cape Town, South Africa’s second most populous city, came very close to running out of water as the multi-year “Day Zero” drought depleted its reservoirs. Since then, researchers from Stanford University determined that climate change had made this extreme drought five to six times more likely, and warned that a lot more Day Zero events could […]

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Ethiopia Declares State of Emergency as Rebels Advance Toward Capital

NAIROBI, Kenya — Ethiopia declared a state of emergency on Tuesday and called on its citizens to pick up arms and prepare to defend the capital as rebel forces from the northern region of Tigray pressed south toward the city, following the capture of two key towns. The Tigrayans, who have been fighting the government […]

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‘They Lied.’ Inside the Frantic Days Leading to Sudan’s Coup

NAIROBI, Kenya — For days, the American envoy navigated between Sudan’s army chief and prime minister, striving to head off the collapse of a tenuous democratic transition in the country that had been two years in the making. In a frantic series of meetings in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum last weekend, Jeffrey Feltman, the […]

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Moderna to Sell Up to 110 Million Covid Vaccine Doses to African Countries

Facing pressure for keeping its Covid vaccine out of reach of poorer countries, Moderna said on Tuesday that it had agreed to sell up to 110 million shots to African Union member nations. The company said it would deliver 15 million of the shots by the end of this year and 35 million more by […]

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Legatum Center welcomes the inaugural Foundry Fellows

The Legatum Center for Development & Entrepreneurship at MIT recently introduced the inaugural cohort of Legatum Foundry Fellows. Hailing from eight countries, these 13 entrepreneurs have grown ventures operating in nine different markets across Africa. Having pioneered innovations in health care, fintech, education, and more, the Foundry Fellows are dedicated to transforming systems and improving […]

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Sudan Rocked by Protests Amid Warnings of a Coup

NAIROBI, Kenya — Sudanese protesters took to the streets of the capital early on Monday, injecting another note of instability in the northeast African nation’s fragile transition to democracy. The demonstrations come about one month after the authorities said they had thwarted a coup attempt by loyalists of the deposed dictator Omar Hassan al-Bashir. The […]

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The Agribusiness Alliance for a Green Revolution Failed Africa

Yves here. Agriculture/food sustainability expert Tim Wise speaks to Lynn Fries on how the promise that “modern,” as in “green revolution” or Big Ag approaches would revolutionize food production in poor nations and reduce hunger. Revolutionize they sure did, but not in the way they promised, in terms of results. As Wise explains, this push […]

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Africa’s Last Mountain Glaciers Will Soon Be Gone, U.N. Report Warns

The last three mountain glaciers in Africa are receding at such a rapid pace that they could disappear within two decades, a symbol of the broader devastation being wrought by climate change on the continent, according to a new U.N. report. While African nations contribute less than 4 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, the […]

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Will New Covid Treatments Be as Elusive for Poor Countries as Vaccines?

“It’s not a coincidence that Merck has experience from H.I.V. — internally, with their leadership and culture, they know that if they don’t address the access challenges, they will be slammed,” said Dr. Moon, co-director of the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Generic manufacturing it not […]

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