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AFRICA NOT PREPARED FOR COVID-19 VACCINE ROLLOUT —WHO

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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Nigeria Ranks Third On Global Terrorism Index Despite Drop In Deaths – Report

Nigeria has been ranked third on the latest global terrorism index, a report that measured the impact of terrorism on countries across the world. Only Afghanistan and Iraq were adjudged to have been more badly affected by terrorism. However, the number of terrorism-related deaths dropped from 2,043 in 2018 to 1,245 in 2019, a 39.1 …

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Trump accepts US presidency transition to Biden must begin

Donald Trump has accepted a formal US transition should begin for President-elect Joe Biden to take office. The president said the federal agency overseeing the handover must “do what needs to be done”, even as he vowed to keep contesting his election defeat. The General Services Administration (GSA) said it was acknowledging Mr Biden as …

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Covid-19: World’s top latex glove maker shuts factories

The world’s largest maker of latex gloves will shut more than half of its factories after almost 2,500 employees tested positive for coronavirus. Malaysia’s Top Glove will close down 28 plants in phases as it seeks to control the outbreak, authorities said. The company has seen a huge surge in demand for its personal protective …

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Charles Darwin: Notebooks worth millions lost for 20 years

Cambridge University Library has announced that two notebooks written by Charles Darwin, worth many millions of pounds, have been missing for 20 years. One of them contains the 19th Century scientist’s famous Tree of Life sketch, exploring the evolutionary relationship between species. Following an “extensive search”, curators have now concluded they have probably been stolen. …

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Nigerian-American Scientist Robert Okogie Inducted Into NASA Hall Of Fame

A Nigerian-American, Robert Olusola Okojie, has been inducted into the U.S’s National Aeronautics Space Administration‘s (NASA) Inventors Hall of Fame. Okogie, according to NASA, joined the silicon carbide research group at agency’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland in 1999 and has gained worldwide recognition as the leading expert on silicon carbide-based microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) for …

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UK Vaccine News Gives Hope As US Plans Mass Rollout

The developers of coronavirus vaccine in Britain on Monday claimed success after mass testing, as the United States announced plans to give jabs to 20 million people before the end of the year to combat surging infections. AstraZeneca and Oxford University said their drug had proved on average 70 percent effective at stopping the virus …

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Nigerian-Born Doctor Leading Pfizer Research Dispels Misconceptions About COVID-19 Vaccine

Onyema Ogbuagu, a Nigerian-born researcher and medical doctor has dispelled misconceptions concerning the COVID-19 vaccine noting that there is no conspiracy in the development of the vaccine. Ogbuagu is an Associate Professor of medicine at Yale University. He is one of those leading the research at Pfizer for a COVID-19 vaccine in the United States. …

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Afghanistan war: 26,000 Afghan children killed or maimed since 2005

An average of five children have been killed or wounded every day for the past 14 years in war-torn Afghanistan, a charity has found. Data from the UN showed at least 26,025 children were killed or maimed from 2005 to 2019, said Save the Children. The charity has urged donor nations to protect the future …

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Ethiopia’s Tigray crisis: Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed rejects talks

The Ethiopian government will not talk with leaders of the northern Tigray region to end the conflict there, an aide to PM Abiy Ahmed has told the BBC. “We don’t negotiate with criminals… We bring them to justice, not to the negotiating table,” said Mamo Mihretu. African leaders have urged the government to meet Tigrayan …

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