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Wealthy nations must act to prevent a global ‘vaccine apartheid’

The world faces two possible futures: one in which all nations band together to bring covid-19 under control, and another in which the wealthiest countries emerge from the pandemic but developing nations do not. In this second scenario, two classes emerge — a vaccinated class and an unvaccinated class. The choices wealthy countries make now will determine which future takes ...

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Independent police service will help drastically reduce corruption – Governance Expert

Governance Expert Williams Amofa has cautioned that if the country wants to combat corruption by strengthening institutions, the police institution must be the first point of call.According to him, our constitution has made it impossible to make the Ghana Police Service independent and that is affecting the corruption fight in the country.Speaking to Sefa Danquah on the ‘Epa Hoa Daben’ show, he ...

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Debilitating ‘long-COVID’ may have severe health, social impacts: WHO

Thousands of COVID-19 patients continue to suffer serious, debilitating and lingering symptoms many months after their initial bout of infection, with major social, health and economic consequences, European health experts said on Thursday. Publishing a World Health Organization-led guidance report on the condition, often referred to as “long COVID” or “post-COVID syndrome”, experts said around one in 10 COVID-19 patients ...

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Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire to collaborate on Cocoa security along common Border

Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire have agreed to form a joint committee to find a lasting solution to security challenges faced by cocoa farmers along with the southern parts of the shared border of the two countries.Ghanaian cocoa farmers who farm across the Tano river are often accosted by irregular Ivorian Para-military forces when they are ferrying their harvest inland.Cocoa farmers ...

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UN chief condemns attack on school in Nigeria

The United Nations Secretary-General has strongly condemned Wednesday’s attack on a boarding school in north-central Nigeria, in which one student was killed and several students, as well as relatives and staff, abducted.  According to reports, gunmen stormed the Government Science College Kagara, in the Niger state of Nigeria, at around 2 am (local time). Many students are also said to ...

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Senegal receives initial 200,000 Chinese vaccines costing $3.8 million

Senegal received 200,000 doses of China’s COVID-19 vaccine Sinopharm on Wednesday — purchased at around 3.8 million (US) dollars, according to the country’s Finance Ministry. Nearly 1.3 million more vaccine doses are also expected to arrive via the World Health Organization’s (WHO) COVAX initiative. In a televised ceremony to mark the occasion, President Macky Sall addressed the nation. “The urgency today is ...

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Africa coronavirus stats as deaths near 100,000 threshold

As of today, February 18, 2021; Africa has recorded over 3.8 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. A number of countries are gradually lifting restrictions imposed to curtail spread of the virus. According to the latest data by the John Hopkins University and Africa Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, the virus statistics remain fluid as countries work to stem spike ...

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Ten years on, Libyan revolutionaries live with wounds and unfulfilled dreams

As revolution swept their region in 2011, three young Libyans joined mass protests against Muammar Gaddafi’s four-decade rule. They now live divided by Libya’s frontlines, their futures irrevocably shaped by the uprising. The first demonstrations against Gaddafi’s rule began in the eastern city of Benghazi on Feb. 17, 2011. A decade on, Libya is still split between rival factions, and ...

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Covid-19: World’s first human trials given green light in UK

Healthy, young volunteers will be infected with coronavirus to test vaccines and treatments in the world’s first Covid-19 “human challenge” study, which will take place in the UK. The study, which has received ethics approval, will start in the next few weeks and recruit 90 people aged 18-30. They will be exposed to the virus in a safe and controlled ...

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Vigilantism law will not work – Security Expert

Adam Bonaa, a security expert has cast doubts on the effectiveness of the Vigilantism law to deal with the menace in the country. The law which was passed in 2019 to deal with political vigilante groups and clamp down on acts of vigilantism in the country came on the back of the violence that rocked the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election. ...

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