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Chad's former dictator Hissene Habre dies of COVID-19 at 79

Aug. 24, 2021 16:07 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Chad's former dictator Hissene Habre, the first former head of state to be convicted of crimes against humanity by an African court after his government was accused of killing 40,000 people, has died in Senegal. He was 79. Habre, whose case for...

Senegal's ambulance teams struggle amid a wave of COVID-19

Aug. 11, 2021 11:20 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The paramedics get the urgent call at 10:30 p.m.: A 25-year-old woman, eight months pregnant and likely suffering from COVID-19, is now having serious trouble breathing. Yahya Niane grabs two small oxygen cylinders and heads to the ambulance with...

West African health officials race to vaccinate amid spikes

Jul. 31, 2021 02:20 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A resurgence of coronavirus cases in West Africa is hitting the region hard, inundating cemeteries where funeral numbers are rising and hospitals where beds are becoming scarce. Those visible shifts are also pushing a reluctant population to seek...

South African firm to make Pfizer vaccine, first in Africa

Jul. 21, 2021 19:20 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African firm will begin producing the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, the first time that the shot will be produced in Africa, Pfizer announced Wednesday. The Biovac Institute based in Cape Town will manufacture the vaccine for...

Senegal sees dramatic COVID-19 surge as major holiday looms

Jul. 18, 2021 09:05 AM EDT

BARGNY, Senegal (AP) — Adama Ndiaye got up before dawn to travel about 25 miles (40 kilometers), hoping that she would be able to get a sheep for the celebration next week of the Muslim holiday of sacrifice, Eid al-Adha. As a result of the pandemic, selling ice cream no...