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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...

De Kock protest after South Africa team ordered to take knee

Oct. 26, 2021 10:33 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Quinton de Kock refused to play in a T20 World Cup game against the West Indies on Tuesday in protest after Cricket South Africa ordered its players to take a knee before matches in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. CSA issued a...

South African court rules Zuma's corruption case to continue

Oct. 26, 2021 06:54 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former South African President Jacob Zuma’s effort to get a prosecutor removed from his corruption case has been dismissed by the Pietermaritzburg High Court. Zuma filed a special application to have prosecutor Billy Downer taken off his case,...

Zimbabwe's Dangarembga receives German peace prize

Oct. 24, 2021 08:51 AM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — Accepting a prestigious German prize Sunday in honor of her work, Zimbabwean writer and filmmaker Tsitsi Dangarembga called for a “new Enlightenment,” saying a fundamental shift is needed to overcome the structures of racial hierarchy that have led to violence in her home...

Africa tries to end vaccine inequity by replicating its own

Oct. 24, 2021 08:22 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — In a pair of Cape Town warehouses converted into a maze of airlocked sterile rooms, young scientists are assembling and calibrating the equipment needed to reverse engineer a coronavirus vaccine that has yet to reach South Africa and most of the world's...

Southern African states send delegation to troubled Eswatini

Oct. 21, 2021 12:27 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Southern African nations have sent envoys to the tiny kingdom of Eswatini, formerly known as Swaziland, to engage with King Mswati III about the political and civil unrest that has engulfed the country in recent weeks. The 16-nation Southern African...

South Africa starts vaccinations for those aged 12 to 17

Oct. 20, 2021 12:50 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa has started giving COVID-19 vaccinations to adolescents aged between 12 and 17 years, with a goal of inoculating at least 6 million people from this age group. The country is trying to increase its rate of vaccinations which is running...

Across Africa, major churches strongly oppose LGBTQ rights

Oct. 20, 2021 12:10 PM EDT

In Ghana, home to a diverse array of religions, leaders of major churches have united in denouncing homosexuality as a “perversion” and endorsing legislation that would, if enacted, impose some of the harshest anti-LGBTQ policies in Africa. In Nigeria, the umbrella...

South African regulator rejects Russia's COVID-19 vaccine

Oct. 19, 2021 17:53 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The South African drug regulator has rejected the Russian-made coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V, citing some safety concerns the manufacturer wasn't able to answer. The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority, or SAHPRA, said in a statement...

South Africa arrests 56 for taking Cabinet ministers hostage

Oct. 15, 2021 08:49 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South African police said Friday they have arrested 56 people who will likely face charges of kidnapping after two government Cabinet ministers and a deputy minister were held hostage for three hours when a meeting with military veterans of the fight against...