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Are Digital Health Passports A Good Idea?

Are Digital Health Passports A Good Idea?

The European Union launched on Thursday a COVID-19 vaccine passport system to ease travel across the 27-nation bloc and kickstart tourism at the start of the summer season. As vaccination campaigns progress across the continent, governments have been exploring how documents, mostly digital, could help reopen borders by identifying people who are protected against the […]

Afrigen Gears Up To Deliver Africa’s First COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine

Afrigen Gears Up To Deliver Africa’s First COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine

Afrigen Biologics expects a decision in mid-July on partners to produce Africa’s first COVID-19 vaccine using the mRNA platform, the South African start-up’s managing director said. The World Health Organization picked Afrigen for a pilot to give poor and middle-income countries the know-how and licenses to make COVID-19 vaccines, in what South African President Cyril […]

Lebanese Banks Swallow At Least $250m In U.N. Aid

Lebanese Banks Swallow At Least $250m In U.N. Aid

At least $250 million in U.N. humanitarian aid intended for refugees and poor communities in Lebanon has been lost to banks selling the local currency at highly unfavourable rates, a Thomson Reuters Foundation investigation has found. The losses – described in an internal United Nations document as “staggering” and confirmed by multiple sources – come […]

Women Find Helping Hand To Break Into Tech Jobs In Germany

Women Find Helping Hand To Break Into Tech Jobs In Germany

If you’re a woman from an ethnic minority group hoping to land a job in Germany’s tech sector, you might want to rethink your CV. As firms use Artificial Intelligence (AI) software to filter job applications, the mention of a foreign school or maternity leave could trigger automatic rejection, according to FrauenLoop, a non-profit aiming to […]

Biden To Donate 500 Million Pfizer Doses, Urge Others To Join In

Biden To Donate 500 Million Pfizer Doses, Urge Others To Join In

U.S. President Joe Biden plans to buy and donate 500 million doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine to more than 90 countries while calling on the world’s democracies to do their part to help end the deadly pandemic, the White House said. The announcement of the vaccine donation – the largest ever by a single […]

COVID-19 Crisis Makes Electricity Too Costly For Millions In Africa, Asia

COVID-19 Crisis Makes Electricity Too Costly For Millions In Africa, Asia

The economic toll from the COVID-19 pandemic has left more than 25 million people in Africa and Asia unable to afford electricity, threatening a global goal to provide power to everyone by 2030, international agencies warned on Monday. Two-thirds of those affected were in sub-Saharan Africa, deepening disparities in the region’s access to electricity, according […]

Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) To Host the Virtual 2021 U.S.-Africa Business Summit July 27-29

Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) To Host the Virtual 2021 U.S.-Africa Business Summit July 27-29

Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) will hold the 13th U.S.-Africa Business Summit virtually on July 27-29 to build sustainable partnerships and opportunities between key government and private sector decision-makers across America and the African continent. With participation from over 2,000 U.S. and African business executives and government leaders, this year’s CCA Summit will give your organization a […]

IFC And Development Groups To Help Fund Vaccine Production In Africa

IFC And Development Groups To Help Fund Vaccine Production In Africa

Global development groups including International Finance Corp (IFC) said they will explore helping African producers such as Aspen Pharmacare Holdings Ltd boost vaccine manufacturing in Africa, which received relatively few COVID-19 immunizations produced by rich nations. The news comes after the European Union last week promised 1 billion euros ($1.22 billion) to build vaccination manufacturing […]

Latin America’s Female Scientists Pack A Big Punch Despite Glass Ceiling

Latin America’s Female Scientists Pack A Big Punch Despite Glass Ceiling

 Latin America’s female scientists and researchers are packing a big punch despite a hard-to-break glass ceiling for top roles in academia and business, reflecting how women are on the march in a region often seen as a bastion of macho male culture. A report by UNESCO and UN Women shows they account for 45% of […]

560,000 Young People in Nigeria to Secure Work Through Babban Gona Mastercard Foundation Partnership

560,000 Young People in Nigeria to Secure Work Through Babban Gona Mastercard Foundation Partnership

560,000 individuals, predominantly youth and women, will have access to dignified and fulfilling work by 2022, through the Mastercard Foundation Young Africa Works in Nigeria partnership with Babban Gona. Recognizing that employment is a pathway out of poverty, the partnership seeks to empower individuals in the agricultural value chain and support the acceleration of agribusinesses […]