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South African hit ‘Jerusalema’ inspires people worldwide to shake off COVID-19 blues

The “nowhere” was a group of Angolan friends, who posted themselves performing a self-invented dance routine to the song. In the video, a first group demonstrates the dance to another group, who interrupt their house chores to join-in.

Oxford & AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine trials halted for safety review

One of the most promising COVID-19 vaccine trials has been halted; after one of its U.K participants developed a “potentially unexplained illness”. The vaccine was developed by the University of Oxford in partnership with AstraZeneca, and is currently being trialled in South Africa, Brazil, the UK and the US. Shabir Madhi, Professor of Vaccinology at the University of Witwatersrand joins CNBC Africa for more.

Coronavirus – Africa: UNESCO puts the spotlight on women’s voices in imagining the world to come

Download logoUNESCO has invited leading women thinkers, artists and activists from fields ranging from climatology to international relations through physics and African studies, to voice their views on the challenges and opportunities the world will face in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The first six short videos published today provide a female perspective on questions regarding the environment, education and international relations that are coming to the fore during the current global

Coronavirus – Africa: World leaders unite in call for a people’s vaccine against COVID-19

Download logoMore than 140 world leaders, experts and elders have made an unprecedented call for guarantees that COVID-19 vaccines, diagnostics, tests and treatments will be provided free of charge to everyone, everywhere More than 140 world leaders and experts, including the President of South Africa and Chair of the African Union, Cyril Ramaphosa, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, the President of the Republic of Senegal, Macky Sall and the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana

Coronavirus – Nigeria: 950 more Nigerian children under five could die every day without urgent action

Download logoAn additional 950 Nigerian children could die every day from preventable causes over the next six months as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupts routine services and threatens to weaken the health system, UNICEF said today. Globally, 6,000 additional children under five could die every day. The estimate is based on an analysis by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, newly published in The Lancet Global Health journal. In a commentary to the Lancet

Coronavirus – Africa: As COVID-19 devastates already fragile health systems, over 6,000 additional children under five could die a day, without urgent action

Download logoAn additional 6,000 children could die every day from preventable causes over the next six months as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to weaken health systems and disrupt routine services, UNICEF said today. The estimate is based on an analysis by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, newly published in The Lancet Global Health journal. Based on the worst of three scenarios in 118 low- and middle-income countries, the analysis estimates that an addi

Coronavirus – Africa: Global food commodity prices drop further in April

Download logoWorld food commodity prices declined for the third month in a row during April, as the economic and logistical impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in significant contractions in demand for many commodities. The FAO Food Price Index, which tracks international prices of the most commonly-traded food commodities, averaged 165.5 points in April, some 3.4 percent lower than the previous month and 3 percent lower than April 2019. The FAO Sugar Price Index hit a 13-year low, dec

Coronavirus – Africa: Displaced people urgently need aid and access to social safety nets as coronavirus causes severe hardship

Download logoThis is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. The COVID-19 pandemic is having an unprecedented social and economic impact globally. Economies are grinding to a halt, jobs and livelihoods are lost on scales never seen before. Entire societies are affected by this public health crisis. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is alarmed at the in
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