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Germany to offer Africa 70 million doses

Germany to offer Africa 70 million doses

GERMANY will make up to 70 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine available to African countries this year, more than doubling a previous pledge to donate 30 million, Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced. "Germany will make available not only 30 million doses of vaccines but it will be as much as 70 million doses," Merkel told a news conference after a summit with African leaders on the G20's Compact with Africa initiative. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said African leaders told the summit "it is not fair that Africa has vaccinated only 2% of their 1.3 billion population and yet the…
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COVID-19: What you need to know

COVID-19: What you need to know

HERE's what you need to know about the coronavirus right now: UK variant 'likely to sweep the world' The coronavirus variant first found in the British region of Kent is a concern because it could undermine the protection given by vaccines against developing COVID-19, the head of Britain's genetic surveillance programme said. The variant was dominant in Britain and was likely to sweep the world "in all probability", she said. Sharon Peacock, director of the COVID-19 Genomics UK consortium, told the BBC: "What's concerning about this is that the 1.1.7. variant that we have had circulating for some weeks and…
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‘Mercenaries should leave Libya’

‘Mercenaries should leave Libya’

TURKEY and Germany agree that all foreign mercenaries in Libya need to leave the country, but Ankara has a bilateral agreement with the Libyan government for its troops to be stationed there, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said yesterday. H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister of Turkey. Photo: Brookings Institution/flickr On Wednesday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan that the withdrawal of foreign troops from Libya would be an "important signal" as both leaders vowed to support the new interim government, a German government spokesman said. Turkey deployed troops to Libya under an accord on military cooperation signed…
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France, Germany, Italy threaten sanctions over arms for Libya

France, Germany, Italy threaten sanctions over arms for Libya

THE leaders of France, Germany and Italy on Saturday threatened for the first time to use sanctions against countries that continued to violate a United Nations arms embargo on Libya. French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte urged "all foreign actors to end their increasing interference and to fully respect the arms embargo established by the United Nations Security Council" in a joint statement issued by the French presidency after meeting in Brussels. "We are ready to consider the possible use of sanctions if the breaches of the embargo at sea, on land…
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Merkel pushes for tougher German lockdown

Merkel pushes for tougher German lockdown

CHANCELLOR Angela Merkel threw her weight behind calls for a fuller lockdown in Germany that would include closing shops after Christmas, telling legislators that vaccines alone would not majorly alter the pandemic's course in the first quarter. Europe's largest economy has been in partial lockdown for six weeks, with bars and restaurants closed but shops and schools open. That has stopped the coronavirus's exponential growth but infection levels remain at a high level. Speaking in parliament on Wednesday, Merkel said regional leaders should follow scientific guidance, which has called for people to further reduce their contact with others. "It would…
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