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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10 Jul 2020

Oxygen already runs low as COVID-19 surges in South Africa

The number of COVID-19 cases in South Africa continues to rise, however, oxygen is already low in hospitals at the epicenter of the country’s outbreak. The most recorded cases in South Africa are in the Gauteng province, which consists of the power center Johannesburg and the capital, Pretoria. Health Minister

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03 Apr 2020

South Africa gathered homeless people into a sports stadium. Here too, coronavirus divides rich from poor

In South Africa, homeless individuals have been directed to gather in a sports stadium, relocating the men and women from under their temporary homes and sleeping backs. The homeless appeared in downtown Johannesburg as they traversed the city to take refuge in a South African stadium. The men and women

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23 Mar 2020

The Latest: South Africa infections grow by 402 overnight

COVID-19 has now infected 402 South Africans, and the country now has the most cases in Africa after a spike of 128 cases in one day occurred. The South African President is expected to address the nation and impose new restrictive measures, attempting to combat the spread of the virus.

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12 Dec 2019

The Great $50M African IP Address Heist

A three-year investigation conducted by a US-based researcher named Ron Guilmette found that a top executive at the nonprofit entity responsible for administering Internet addresses to businesses in Africa secretly operated several underground companies that sold tens of millions of dollars worth of the resources to online marketers. News of

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28 Oct 2019

Ransomware hackers demand payment for not releasing Johannesburg data

The City of Johannesburg, South Africa suffered a ransomware attack last Thursday that prompted the city to take its call center, website and e-services platform offline. The threat actor, calling themselves the Shadow Kill Hackers, not only encrypted data on infected systems, but also stole unencrypted records. They are threatening

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26 Jul 2019

Johannesburg Ransomware Attack Leaves Residents in the Dark

A Thursday incident in Johannesburg, South Africa that left some residents without power serves as a grave reminder of the destructive potential of ransomware. City Power, a local pay-as-you-go power provider owned by the city, had its network infected with file-encrypting malware that rendered many of its services unavailable. Johannesburg

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31 Aug 2018

Argentina Raises Rates, as Emerging Markets Turbulence Spreads

“Investors for weeks have been anxious that problems in developing economies could lead to broader trouble in financial markets. Turmoil in Turkey has been the most frequent cause for concern. The jitters intensified on Thursday, yet the catalyst was not Turkey but Argentina — a sign that the array of

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