03 Sep 2021

South Africa will no longer send J&J vaccines to Europe, AU envoy says

An arrangement in which South Africa would ship Johnson and Johnson Covid-19 vaccines to Europe has been suspended according to the African Union Special Envoy for Covid-19 response. The suspension is in part due to interventions by the South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen,

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03 Aug 2021

Delta variant has spiked Covid-19 deaths in Africa by 80% in one month, WHO says

The Delta variant has caused Covid-19 related deaths in Africa to spike by 80% in just one month, according to reports released by the World Health Organization. Africa is currently experiencing its worst death rates throughout the course of the pandemic, with unprecedented rises in fatalities. Africa reported its highest

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19 Jul 2021

More than 70 killed in South Africa protests after former leader Jacob Zuma is jailed

Last week protests erupted across South Africa after former President Jacob Zuma turned himself in to authorities to serve a 15-month jail sentence for contempt of court. Zuma refused to appear at an anti-corruption commission where he was set to face several allegations, including bribery and fraud. Zuma has denied

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13 Jul 2021

South Africa Zuma riots: Death toll mounts amid looting

At least 30 people have died in the unrest in parts of South America after the jailing of former President Jacob Zuma. 800 people have been arrested in the violence that began as protests THursday after Zuma turned himself into police. The protests became violent over the weekend with people

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08 Jul 2021

Jacob Zuma, Former South African President, Is Arrested

The former president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, was taken into custody on Wednesday to serve a 15-month prison sentence. The Constitutional Court ordered the imprisonment last month after he was found guilty of contempt for failing to appear before a commission investigating corruption accusations.  Mr. Zuma was forced to

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29 Jun 2021

South African Court Orders Arrest of Ex-President Jacob Zuma for Contempt

On Tuesday, South Africa’s highest court ordered the imprisonment of Jacob Zuma, former South African president. Zuma was indicted for contempt charged after he defied an order to appear before a corruption inquiry examing financial scandals that tainted his tenure as the country’s president from 2009 to 2018. Zuma will

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19 Apr 2021

Residents evacuated in Cape Town suburb

In South Africa, a blaze outside of Cape Town has threatened the security of the city and its infrastructure as it spreads through the Table Mountains. Emergency workers recently evacuated three different 17-story residential buildings as a precaution. The fire has spread quickly after breaking out on Sunday morning near

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17 Feb 2021

South Africa scraps AstraZeneca, pivots to Johnson & Johnson vaccine

South Africa is giving up its stock of Oxford-AstaZeneca Covid-19 vaccines to the African Union and instead is seeking to vaccinate its population with the single-dose Johnson & Johnson drug. The changes in the Covid-19 vaccination policy come after the AstraZeneca vaccine proved to offer minimal protection against the variant

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22 Jan 2021

Studies of South African Coronavirus Strain Raise Concerns About Immune Response

Three new studies have raised concerns over the immune response triggered by the new strain of Covid-19 originating in South Africa. The studies found that the vaccine may be less effective at protecting against the new and more transmissible strain. The findings are a result of experiments done in laboratory

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27 Jul 2020

After Early Success, South Africa Buckles Under Coronavirus Surge

South Africa took early preventative measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the country, however, the country is now battling one of the worst outbreaks in the world at the moment. The current outbreak is the world’s fastest-growing currently, and is overpowering hospitals. The outbreak has also caused a

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