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BioNTech to work with Senegal, Rwanda to make mRNA vaccines

Oct. 26, 2021 11:24 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal and Rwanda have signed an agreement with German company BioNTech for the construction of its first start-to-finish factories to make messenger RNA vaccines in Africa. BioNTech, which developed the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, said...

Senegal seizes 2 tons of cocaine off coast; arrests 5

Oct. 20, 2021 09:46 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal’s navy seized more than 2 tons of cocaine from a ship transporting the illegal substance off the coast of the West African nation. Five crew members were arrested from the vessel named La Rosa. The arrests Monday took place off the...

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...