Southern Africa

South African scientists find antibodies from 501Y.V2 variant

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Research by South African scientists suggests that antibodies triggered by exposure to the country’s dominant coronavirus variant can prevent infection by other variants, the scientists said on Wednesday. The findings in laboratory studies offer hope that COVID-19 vaccines based on the 501Y.V2 variant first identified late last year could protect …

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Zimbabwe VP resigns amid ‘voice cloning’ sex scandal

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Zimbabwe’s second Vice-President Kembo Mohadi has resigned a week after he denied accusations of sexual impropriety. Mr Mohadi, 71, repeated his defence that he was the victim of hacking and “voice cloning” after an online newspaper published lurid phone call recordings with several women allegedly including a subordinate. “I’m a …

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Zimbabwe set to receive doses of the covid-19 vaccine from China

Zimbabwe set to receive doses of the covid-19 vaccine from China

Zimbabwe is set to receive a further 800,000 doses of the Covid-19 jab from China, indicating the “excellent relationship” between the two nations and the Asian giant’s willingness to give the southern African state “preferential treatment” amidst a global “stampede” for vaccines. The announcement was done by the Zimbabwean presidential …

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Mozambique receives 200,000 Chinese vaccine doses

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Mozambican authorities received the first batch of 200,000 Covid-19 vaccine doses from the Chinese government. The vaccines by Sinopharm were received on Wednesday by Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario at the Maputo International Airport. The prime minister said the government was working on getting more Covid-19 vaccines. The vaccination …

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Cyril Ramaphosa urges Jacob Zuma to provide proof of his allegations

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South African president Cyril Ramaphosa has broken his silence about allegations that some judges were bribed to seal the CR17 documents related to his 2017 ANC presidential campaign made by his predecessor, Jacob Zuma, last week. Jacob Zuma made an array of allegations against the Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, …

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