Asia Covid19 

U.S. Diplomats Request Coronavirus Vaccine From Russia

“Washington is prioritizing domestic workers, with no real plan for the rest of us, when they all have access to U.S. health care,” a senior diplomat was quoted as saying. Russia’s Foreign Ministry Friday that it had invited accredited foreign diplomatic missions to take part in the Sputnik V vaccination campaign, according to the state-run RIA Novosti news agency. The U.S. Embassy in Moscow has not yet commented on the purported request for Sputnik V doses. The State Department received 73,000 out of the 315,000 requested U.S.-made vaccine doses, according…

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Nigeria’s stock market completes bearish run as Stanbic IBTC tops losers’ chart

Investors confidence in the Nigerian stock market remain low as the bourse continued its bearish run with the equity capitalization standing at N21.025 trillion at the end of trading on Friday. However, this was below the N21.036 trillion recorded on Thursday. The All Share Index (ASI) dipped by 0.06 percent to end trade at 40,186.70 ASI on Friday, below the 40,212.19 the market closed with the previous trading day. Activities monitored at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) by Ripples Nigeria showed that the volume of shares traded also dipped as…

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Guinea starts Ebola vaccination campaign to stem deadly virus spread

Guinea relaunched its Ebola vaccine campaign in the town of Gouecke on Tuesday after a fresh outbreak of the deadly disease struck the country this month, killing five people. The new cases are the first in Guinea since the 2013-2016 epidemic that killed more than 11,300 people in West Africa. Some 11,000 vaccine doses are already in Guinea and the World Health Organization plans to send 8,000 more. “They are primarily intended for the circle of contacts of the cases we know of and also possibly for a second circle…

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Oil and Gas 

Dangers of Big Oil Spending Cuts Are Visible in Angola’s Slump

The decline of Angola, from being Africa’s top crude producer five years ago to barely pumping more than war-torn Libya today, shows the heavy toll of a slump in oil-industry investment. The nation’s production has fallen by more than a third since 2015, when international oil companies started slashing investment in response to a plunge in crude prices. Despite government efforts to stimulate activity, just a handful of drilling rigs now work in the deep Atlantic waters that hold the country’s greatest resources. The situation could worsen as Big Oil…

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Africa Covid19 

First COVID-19 vaccines distributed by COVAX arrive in Ghana, West Africa

The first COVID-19 vaccine doses distributed by the World Health Organization’s global sharing scheme COVAX were dispatched to Ghana, West Africa on Wednesday, per Reuters. Why it matters: The initiative has more than 180 nation participants and is part of the global effort from the WHO and other groups to ensure that every country has access to COVID-19 vaccines. Some 600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine are now in Ghana’s capital Accra, Reuters notes. This content was originally published here.

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