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Africa lacks preparedness for virus vaccine roll-out

Africa lacks preparedness for virus vaccine roll-out

The World Health Organization on Thursday urged African countries to improve their capacity to vaccinate populations against Covid-19, warning the continent was still “far from ready” for mass immunisation. With three coronavirus vaccines now showing efficacy rates of 70 percent or more, the UN body called on Africa to “ramp up” preparations for “the continent’s…

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Tough security for Indian Kashmir’s first vote since autonomy cancelled

Tough security for Indian Kashmir’s first vote since autonomy cancelled

An Indian paramilitary soldier stands guard as voters stand in a queue to cast their ballots during the first phase of the District Development Council (DDC) and Panchayat by-elections at a polling station in Shamsabad area of Budgam district on November 28, 2020. (Photo by TAUSEEF MUSTAFA / AFP) Voters in Indian-administered Kashmir went to…

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Parts of Europe reopen stores, Los Angeles sees new virus curbs

Parts of Europe reopen stores, Los Angeles sees new virus curbs

A bib wraps a chicken sculpture as employees pack up takeout orders at the Hotville Chicken restaurant at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw in Los Angeles, California, November 24, 2020. – It’s been a rough year for Black-owned small businesses, and the latest surge in coronavirus cases suggests a festive season without much celebration.”Black Friday” normally kicks…

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Yuletide amid COVID-19, Yellow fever outbreak: Task before Nigeria’s disease control agencies

Yuletide amid COVID-19, Yellow fever outbreak: Task before Nigeria’s disease control agencies

Barely four weeks to this year’s Christmas, Nigerians are increasingly becoming apprehensive over the outbreak of Yellow fever in some states of the country and a possible second wave of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Already, five states in the country are battling to contain the spread of Yellow fever. These include Enugu, Delta, Benue, Bauchi…

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French Football Federation loses 24 million euros due to Covid-19

French Football Federation loses 24 million euros due to Covid-19

French Executive Director of French football association (FFF) Florence Hardouin answers journalists question at the French Football Federation (FFF) headquarters in Paris on November 25, 2020. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP) The French Football Federation (FFF) has suffered a loss of about 24 million euros ($28.6 million) since the summer as a result of…

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Germany hits million cases as Russia links up with India for vaccine

Germany hits million cases as Russia links up with India for vaccine

Announced Weds (11 Nov), the Sputnik V vaccine efficacy amounted to 92% (calculation based on the 20 confirmed COVID-19 cases split between vaccinated individuals and those who received the placebo). Currently, 40,000 volunteers are taking part in double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled Phase III of Sputnik V clinical trials, out of which over 20,000 have been vaccinated…

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Brazil’s Bolsonaro says won’t take virus vaccine

Brazil’s Bolsonaro says won’t take virus vaccine

A hand out picture released by Brazilian presidency press office shows Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro speaking at the G20 Heads of State Meeting that this year was held by video conference, from Planalto Palace in Brasilia on November 21, 2020. – The virtual “gathering” of the Group of 20 rich nations seeks to tackle the…

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NCDC records 169 new infections, total now 66,974

NCDC records 169 new infections, total now 66,974

NCDC center The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has recorded 169 new infections of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country. The NCDC made this known via its verified website on Thursday. The agency said that the latest infections brought the total number of cases in the country to 66,974. The News Agency of Nigeria…

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‘Global Britain’ defends slashing aid budget

‘Global Britain’ defends slashing aid budget

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson reacts as he removes his face covering, worn due to the COVID-19 pandemic, after arriving back at 10 Downing Street in central London on November 26, 2020. – Britain’s government on Wednesday unveiled plans to slash the foreign aid budget to help mend its coronavirus-battered finances, prompting one minister to…

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Premier League clubs given green light for return of fans

Premier League clubs given green light for return of fans

Liverpool Fans PHOTO:Alex Livesey – Danehouse/Getty Images Liverpool, Chelsea, Brighton and West Ham will be able to allow fans into their stadiums next month under a new tier system to tackle the spread of coronavirus in England. The Premier League clubs are within tier-two areas, meaning clubs can welcome up to 2,000 fans. The Premier…

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