Researchers warn that the new variant may spread faster and could reduce the efficacy of vaccines.
The two main warring factions in the North African country chose a transitional government at a United Nations-organized summit, a tentative step toward political unity after years of conflict.
Former child soldier Dominic Ongwen, who was the LRA’s most senior commander after Joseph Kony, helped lead the notorious rebel group that terrorized Central Africa for decades.
Tanzania’s government said it had no interest in accessing Covid-19 vaccines, cementing its status as an outlier in the world’s fight against the pandemic, as most other African countries scramble to secure shots.
At least one of the more than 100 young women still missing after their abduction by Islamist militant group Boko Haram in the Nigerian town of Chibok almost seven years ago managed to escape this week.
A clinical trial of Novavax’s Covid-19 vaccine in South Africa indicated that participants who didn’t receive the shot but who had an earlier Covid-19 infection didn’t appear protected against catching the disease again from a new strain of the coronavirus now circulating the country.
More transmissible strains, economic pain and public fatigue have conspired to push the continent’s death rate above the global average for first time.
Rapper-turned-opposition leader Bobi Wine pledged to continue his fight to oust Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni after soldiers released him from home detention following January’s disputed election.
A fast-spreading Covid-19 variant has pushed deaths and infections to records, overwhelming funeral homes.
President Yoweri Museveni was declared the winner while opposition leader Bobi Wine alleged the vote was rigged, capping a campaign marred by an internet shutdown and the country’s worst political violence for decades.
“We are in serious?trouble,” candidate Bobi Wine said a day after Uganda’s election, raising fears of unrest, with election results expected on Saturday.
The election has sparked Uganda’s worst political clashes in decades, as rapper-turned-lawmaker Bobi Wine attempts to unseat Yoweri Museveni, one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders.
Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has won six consecutive elections since 1986, but his winning streak appears to be faltering in the face of a new kind of opponent: a youthful rapper-turned-lawmaker who campaigns in a bulletproof vest.
The country will start rolling out Covid-19 vaccines without requiring often-lengthy registrations of the shots, a step low- and middle-income nations scrambling to inoculate their populations against the coronavirus are expected to follow.
Vaccines may be less effective against the strain of the coronavirus that has come to dominate in South Africa, but are expected to have some benefit, according to leading researchers who have studied the mutations and the vaccines.
The soldiers were part of a campaign against Islamist militants in the Sahel region of Africa. Their deaths bring French military fatalities to at least 47 since 2013.
Freed captives recounted abuse and ransom calculations by their Boko Haram abductors, though Nigerian officials deny paying ransom.
The governor of Nigeria’s Katsina state said all 344 schoolboys had been freed after their six-day captivity.
More than 300 schoolboys kidnapped by gunmen from their boarding school in northwest Nigeria last Friday were handed over to government security agencies, Nigerian officials said
Boko Haram released a video purporting to show dozens of the schoolboys it kidnapped from a high school six days ago, in which hostages say that some of their classmates have died and beg for the government to negotiate their release.