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 […]

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 — […]