South Africa’s vaccine plan raises eyebrows ahead of launch

“South Africa’s government has started outlining its COVID-19 inoculation plans, despite not yet receiving a single vaccine dose, as it faces criticism over unrealistic targets and a lack of clarity.”

via France 24

Virus hunters delve into Gabon forest in search for next threat

“Six men in yellow biohazard suits clamber in suffocating heat towards a cave in the heart of the Gabonese jungle. Their quest: to unlock new knowledge on how pathogens like coronavirus leap the species barrier to humans.”

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Repression intensifies in Zimbabwe amid economic, healthcare crisis

“Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa promised to ‘flush out’ political opponents on Tuesday, as activist groups said that scores of campaigners and protesters have been arrested in an expansive clampdown over the past week.”

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In Nigeria, African researchers blaze a trail in virus fight

“Run by a Cameroon-raised, Harvard-trained molecular biologist, a lab in southern Nigeria is at the forefront in the fight against Ebola, Lassa fever – and now COVID-19.”

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Nobel laureate Mukwege quits DR Congo COVID-19 team, blasts govt response

“In a statement, he said there had been ‘weaknesses in organisation and clarity between the various teams in charge of the response to the pandemic in South Kivu.'”

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Senegal to re-open mosques and ease other COVID-19 restrictions as cases jump

“Senegalese President Macky Sall announced the re-opening of mosques and churches and the easing of other restrictions imposed to contain the coronavirus, even as the largest one-day jump in cases was recorded on Monday.”

via France 24