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Want to know about vaccine rollouts in Africa? Click on a country here and find out

Shutterstock Catherine Kyobutungi, African Population and Health Research Center There has been a lot of focus on COVID-19 vaccine inequalities between high-income and low- and middle-income countries. For instance, it is estimated that up to 70% of all vaccines to be produced in 2021 were pre-booked by a handful of countries. This has caused severe bottlenecks in vaccine supply to …

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World’s first mass malaria vaccine rollout could prevent thousands of children dying

Danielle Stanisic, Griffith University and Michael Good, Griffith University The world’s first mass vaccination program against malaria, announced this week, is set to prevent millions of children from catching malaria and thousands dying from this debilitating disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended widespread use of the RTS,S/AS01 (Mosquirix) vaccine in young children who are most at risk of …

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Abdulrazak Gurnah: what you need to know about the Nobel prize-winning author

Alamy/Bloomsbury Melanie Otto, Trinity College Dublin Abdulrazak Gurnah has been awarded the 2021 Nobel prize for literature. The Tanzanian novelist, who is based in the UK, was awarded the prize for his “uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugee in the gulf between cultures and continents”. Migration and cultural uprooting along with …

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China is financing infrastructure projects around the world – many could harm nature and Indigenous communities

Chinese engineers pose after welding the first seamless rails for the China-Laos railway in Vientiane, Laos, June 18, 2020. Kaikeo Saiyasane/Xinhua via Getty Images Blake Alexander Simmons, Boston University; Kevin P. Gallagher, Boston University, and Rebecca Ray, Boston University China is shaping the future of economic development through its Belt and Road Initiative, an ambitious multi-billion-dollar international push to better …

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African tropical mountain forests store far more carbon than previously thought – new research

Mountain forests are significant carbon stores. Heibe/Pixabay Aida Cuní Sanchez, University of York; Martin Sullivan, Manchester Metropolitan University, and Phil Platts, University of York Tropical forests are well known for being the “lungs” of our planet. Through photosynthesis, the trees in these forests produce oxygen and remove enormous amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, helping to mitigate global warming. …

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Germany is returning Nigeria’s looted Benin Bronzes: why it’s not nearly enough

Looted Benin Bronzes on display at the Linden Museum in Stuttgart, Germany. Thomas Niedermueller/Getty Images Jürgen Zimmerer, University of Hamburg After years of pressure, Germany recently announced that an agreement had been reached to return hundreds of priceless artefacts and artworks that had been looted from Nigeria in colonial times and were on display in German museums. Commonly called the …

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How the Bui Dam set up China’s future engagement strategy with Ghana

The Bui Dam is a tangible reminder of China’s influence in Ghana. Wikimedia Commons Kwame Adovor Tsikudo, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Aid, trade and foreign direct investments typify China’s global rise and its African activities. Central to China’s expanding relationship with African countries is infrastructure, including fibre optics, transport networks and energy-generating projects. In addition, China supports African projects …

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