The slow motion race for a TB vaccine in Africa

By Amy Green, Spotlight (Cape Town) If the world had forgotten the importance of vaccines, COVID-19 has served as a stark reminder. Less than a year after the emergence of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19), over a hundred vaccine candidates are under development and several large clinical trials are already under way, including some in South Africa. It is plausible that a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine will be available within the next year or two, although only time…

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South Africa’s Health Minister Mkhize announces he and his wife test COVID-19 positive

By Duncan Mlanjira As South Africa continue to have the African country with most reported cases, its Minister of Health, Dr. Zwelini Mkhize has announced that on Monday, October 19, he and his wife, Dr. May Mkhize have tested positive for COVID-19. In a government statement, Mkhize said he decided to go for a test on Sunday when he started showing mild symptoms. “I was feeling abnormally exhausted and as the day progressed, I started losing appetite,” he said…

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UN Human Rights Council satisfied with Malawi human rights record — Justice Minister

By Aisha Amidu Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Titus Mvalo said Malawi has been elected into the United Nations Human Rights Council after securing 180 out of 190 votes. Addressing the media on Monday, Minister Mvalo said this new development is justification that the UN Human Rights Council is satisfied with Malawi’s human rights record. He reported that the Council is expected to review the 2015-2020 report on human rights during the first week of November this year….

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WaterAid advocates for increased national budgetary allocations on sanitation and hygiene

By Tione Andsen, MANA WaterAid has challenged governments in southern Africa region to seriously consider sanitation and hygiene as a priority by increasing national budgetary allocations towards this sector.   WaterAid’s regional director for southern Africa, Robert Kampala said this Wednesday during southern Africa regional senior editor’s webinar meeting on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), a service that remains a fundamental human right to the citizenry of these countries. He noted that most governments in the region are providing…

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Cristiano Ronaldo tests positive for COVID-19

By George Ramsay & Vasco Cotovio, CNN Cristiano Ronaldo has tested positive for Coronavirus, the Portuguese Football Federation said in a statement Tuesday but says he is “well, without symptoms, and in isolation.” The 35-year-old Juventus forward played for Portugal against France in the Nations League last Sunday and against Spain in a friendly last week. Ronaldo will now miss his country’s next Nations League fixture against Sweden on Wednesday, as well as Juventus’ upcoming matches which include a Serie…

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Trump’s doctor says the President has tested negative on consecutive days

By Betsy Klein, CNN White House physician Sean Conley said Monday President Donald Trump has tested negative for COVID-19 on consecutive days, as he heads to a crowded campaign rally in Florida. “In response to your inquiry regarding the President’s most recent COVID-19 tests, I can share with you that he has tested negative on consecutive days, using the Abbott BinaxNOW antigen card,” Conley wrote, noting that those tests were taken “in context with additional clinical and laboratory data.” That additional…

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A touching breast cancer testimony by survivor Steveria Kadangwe

Here I am, on the other side, which was unimaginable this time last year. “What is this?” The doctor said, delicately poking at my left breast. “There is a lump here.” “What lump?” I replied. I was unaware of the lump and expected it to be just one of those things, yet those words changed my life. I had gone for a routine full medical check-up in August 2019. The doctor had run all tests including a pap smear,…

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Malawian business executive Ndawala amongst 4 experts to speak at international virtual conference on transfer pricing in Africa

By Duncan Mlanjira Malawian business executive, Bonface Ndawala has been identified as one of the four experts that will deliver presentations at an international virtual conference that has been organised on October20-21 to explore reducing of transfer pricing audit risk in Africa. The conference, organised by Informa — a global research group and a top FTSE 100 company listed on the London Stock Exchange, will tackle how the topic affects corporations doing business in Africa or have subsidiaries or…

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Five reasons why COVID-19 has been less deadly in Africa than elsewhere

By Anne Soy, Senior Africa correspondent (BBC) Many African countries have been praised for waging an effective campaign to combat the spread of Coronavirus despite their reputation for having fragile state heath systems. The continent, which has a population of more than one billion, has had about 1.5 million cases, according to data compiled by the John Hopkins University. These figures are far lower than those in Europe, Asia or the Americas, with reported cases continuing to decline. Africa…

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COVID-19 could drive up to 40m in Africa into extreme poverty in 2020; Erasing 5 years of progress in fighting poverty

The World Bank Driven by the economic fallout of the COVID-19 global pandemic, growth in sub-Saharan Africa is predicted to fall to -3.3% in 2020, pushing the region into its first recession in 25 years, according to the latest regional economic analysis — Africa’s Pulse: Charting the Road to Recovery. The pandemic could also drive up to 40 million people into extreme poverty in Africa in 2020, erasing at least five years of progress in fighting poverty. With over…

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