Covid19 North America 

U.S. admits first group of asylum-seekers as Biden rolls back Remain-in-Mexico policy

As part of its efforts to wind down a Trump-era policy that kept tens of thousands of asylum-seekers outside U.S. territory, the Biden administration on Friday admitted the first group of migrants who had been previously required to wait in Mexico for their immigration court hearings. U.S. border officials processed 25 Latin American asylum-seekers at the San Ysidro port of entry in southern California and allowed them to stay in the country for the duration of their proceedings. The Jewish Family Service of San Diego received the asylum applicants, who…

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Africa Covid19 

1st COVID vaccine doses from U.N.-backed COVAX initiative arrive in Ghana

Accra, Ghana — Ghana has become the first country in the world to receive vaccines acquired through the U.N.-backed COVAX initiative, with a delivery Wednesday of 600,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine made by the Serum Institute of India. The shots, delivered by UNICEF, arrived at Accra’s Kotoka International Airport as part of the first wave of coronavirus vaccines that COVAX is sending to several low- and middle-income countries. Ghana is among 92 low-and middle-income countries slated to receive vaccine doses for free through the COVAX program, which aims…

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Africa Education 

In South Africa, some students moved in with teachers to keep up with lessons amid coronavirus lockdowns

South Africa has more coronavirus cases than any other country in Africa, with almost 640,000 reported. Students there started returning to school weeks ago, but it’s been a huge challenge, partly due to the deeply unequal society. During the country’s hard lockdown, online learning was impossible for thousands of children because of a lack of access to technology. So, for many students in South Africa, going back to school was the only solution. Access to resources may differ from school to school, but protocols are the same: temperature checks, masks,…

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