Africa's first participation in a COVID-19 vaccine trial started Wednesday as nervous volunteers received injections, while officials said the continent of 1.3 billion people cannot be left behind. The large-scale trial of the vaccine developed at the University of Oxford in Britain is being conducted in South Africa, Britain and Brazil. South Africa has nearly one-third of Africa's confirmed cases with more than 106,000, including more than 2,100 deaths. The country late Tuesday reported its biggest one-day death toll of 111.
“I feel a little bit scared but I want to know what is going on with this vaccine so that I can tell my friends and others what is going on with the study," one of the vaccine trial volunteers, Junior Mhlongo, said in Johannesburg.
The BBC News is reporting that a doctor and his colleagues in the southern African country of Botswana have found more than 350 elephant carcasses since the beginning of May.
Dr. Niall McCann, part of the United Kingdom-based charity National Park Rescue, told the BBC that local conservationists first alerted the government in early May following flight over the Okavango Delta.
Dr. McCann said 169 dead elephants were spotted “in a three-hour flight.”
“To be able to see and count that many in a three-hour flight was extraordinary,” McCann told the BBC. “This it totally unprecedented in terms of numbers of elephants dying in a single event unrelated to drought.” McCann said more carcasses were discovered in June, which brought the total “up to 350.” Lab results on samples taken will take several weeks, according to the report. Botswana holds one-third of Africa’s elephant population, which continues to decline.
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As Africa’s economies and populations steadily grow, so too does the demand for reliable electricity. Simply put, new power plants need to be built, and the reliability of electrical systems needs to be vastly improved. But here is the challenge: How can African countries build an electrical system that can both integrate a large amount of inexpensive but intermittent renewable energy, while at the same time ensure resiliency for the continent’s blackout-prone grids?
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A letter signed by 54 African countries asks the rights body for a debate on police brutality against Black people.
African countries called on Friday on the United Nations Human Rights Council to urgently debate racism and police brutality amid the unrest in the United States and beyond over George Floyd's death.
In a letter written on behalf of 54 African countries, Burkina Faso's ambassador to the UN in Geneva asked the UN's top rights body for an "urgent debate" on "racially inspired human rights violations, police brutality against people of African descent and the violence against the peaceful protests that call for these injustices to stop".