Elephants ‘trample’ suspected poacher to death in South Africa – National

A suspected poacher was trampled to death after running into a herd of elephants at exactly the worst possible time on Saturday, in what South Africa National Parks (SANParks) officials described as an “unfortunate” incident. The man was one of three suspected rhino poachers whom park rangers were chasing through Kruger National Park at […]

Brazil detects 1st case of South Africa COVID-19 variant as deaths skyrocket – National

Brazil has recorded its first confirmed case of the highly contagious coronavirus variant discovered in South Africa, a fresh danger sign for a country already ravaged by the world’s worst daily death toll and scrambling to make space for burials. Scientists warned on Wednesday that yet another new variant could be emerging in Brazil’s […]

Ghana becomes first country to receive vaccines through COVAX program – National

Ghana has become the first country in the world to receive coronavirus vaccines acquired through the United Nations-backed COVAX initiative with a delivery of 600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine made by the Serum Institute of India. The vaccines, delivered by UNICEF, arrived at Accra’s international airport early Wednesday and are part of the […]

South Africa replaces AstraZeneca with unapproved J&J vaccine over variant concerns – National

South Africa will give the unapproved Johnson & Johnson vaccine to its front-line health workers beginning next week as a study to see what protection it provides from COVID-19, particularly against the variant dominant there, the health minister said Wednesday. Zweli Mkhize said South Africa has scrapped plans to use the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine because […]

U.S. identifies first case of South Africa coronavirus variant – National

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A new variant of the coronavirus emerged Thursday in the United States, posing yet another public health challenge in a country already losing more than 3,000 people to COVID-19 every day. The mutated version of the virus, first identified in South Africa, was found in two cases in South Carolina. […]

What the COVID-19 variant from South Africa means for pandemic, vaccines – National

Like all other viruses, COVID-19 continues to mutate. Fears are rising over the latest variant, this time discovered in South Africa. Read more: COVID-19 variant found in South Africa might be a problem for vaccines, experts warn There is worry among some experts about whether current vaccines will be effective against the variant — […]

COVID-19 variant found in South Africa might be a problem for vaccines, experts warn – National

U.K. scientists expressed concern on Monday that COVID-19 vaccines being rolled out in Britain may not be able to protect against a new variant of the coronavirus that emerged in South Africa and has spread internationally. Both Britain and South Africa have detected new, more transmissible variants of the COVID-19-causing virus in recent weeks […]

Africa hits 2.5 million coronavirus cases as new variant detected in south – National

The total number of coronavirus cases in Africa crossed 2.5 million on Saturday, according to a Reuters tally, as a second wave of infections hits the continent. Countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Mauritania, Ghana and Ivory Coast have seen a sharp rise in cases and are reporting near record levels […]

COVID-19 in Africa — pandemic could be far more deadly than thought – National

A study of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum suggests that only two to five per cent of the total number of coronavirus deaths have been officially reported. The report, led by the Imperial College London (ICL) COVID-19 Response Team, says that as of Nov. 20, 477 deaths in Khartoum […]

Nigerians in Edmonton show solidarity with youth in Africa protesting police brutality – Edmonton

Nigerians in Edmonton are showing their support for families and friends in Africa as Nigerian youth speak out against corruption, bribery and police brutality. For years, young people have been protesting SARS, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad section of the Nigerian police, but this latest protest began nearly two weeks ago. “If (youth) are dressed […]