Corona Virus

Biotech collaboration paves way for first African-owned COVID-19 vaccine
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Africans rising Biotech collaboration paves way for first African-owned COVID-19 vaccine

A collaboration between two leading biotech companies, the South Africa-based Afrigen and the Belgium-based Univercells will work together to develop a novel regional mRNA vaccine. The companies intend to confront the lack of local cost-effective production and the need for cold or super-cold chains that have hampered vaccination thus far.

COVID-19, Two years after
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Politics and Society COVID-19, Two years after

COVID-19’s two year anniversary has been eclipsed by a European war, but the devastating effects of the pandemic are glaring. From strained relationships, loss, painful break-ups to the creation of a new class of nouveaux riche, referred to in Kenya as “COVID-19 billionaires”, the pandemic has had a far-reaching impact. Dauti Kahura reflects.