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South Africa To Start Africa’s First Coronavirus Vaccine Trial This Week

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South Africa, the country with the highest Coronavirus cases in Africa, will roll out the first coronavirus vaccine trial in Africa this week.

The vaccine, known as ChAdOx1 nCoV-19, was developed by the Oxford Jenner Institute and it is already being evaluated in Britain, where 4,000 participants have signed up for the trial.

South Africa has set out to vaccinate 2,000 people with the vaccine. Fifty of the candidates have HIV.

“We began screening participants for the South African Oxford 1 Covid-19 vaccine trial last week, and the first participants will be vaccinated this week,” University of Witwatersrand (Wits) vaccinology professor Shabir Madhi told a virtual press conference.

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Wits is collaborating with the University of Oxford and the Oxford Jenner Institute on the South African trial.

Brazil is planning its own pilot, while the United States is preparing to test another vaccine in a mass trial of up to 30,000 participants, AFP reports.

“As we enter winter in South Africa and pressure increases on public hospitals, now more than ever we need a vaccine to prevent infection by COVID-19,” Madhi said, describing the vaccine trial as a “landmark moment”.

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize echoed Madhi’s concerns, warning that South Africa was going through a “devastating storm” expected to peak “during the cold winter months”.

At the opening of a field hospital in the Eastern Cape province, Mkhize said more than half of South Africa’s population may be infected with the deadly virus.

“Our scientific estimation is that 60 to 70 percent of our population may be infected by a coronavirus,” the minister said at the launch on Tuesday, adding that hospitalization rates remained lower than anticipated.

Over 3,500 doctors and nurses have contracted COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, and at least 34 have succumbed to the respiratory disease.

While South Africa prepares for its coronavirus vaccination trial, health officials have also pegged high hopes on dexamethasone, a generic anti-inflammatory drug found to reduce mortality among ventilated patients.

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Mark Zuckerberg At 36 Becomes World’s 3rd Centibillionaire

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Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, 36, has become the third centibillionaire in the World.

According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Zuckerberg’s fortune has topped $100bn for the first time, placing him among members of the world’s centibillionaires’ club, after Facebook’s shares surged by 6% on investor optimism over the news the company plans to launch Instagram Reels, a rival to the Chinese video-sharing application TikTok.

Facebook announced the US rollout of Instagram Reels after US President Donald Trump banned US companies from dealing with ByteDance and Tencent, the Chinese owners of TikTok and the WeChat messaging service.

The 36-year old media magnate has now joined Jeff Bezos, the Amazon founder, and Bill Gates, Microsoft’s founder, as the only people who have centibillionaire status, the Bloomberg Billionaires Index said.

Mark Zuckerberg, who founded Facebook in 2004 and owns a 13% stake in the company, gained about US$22 billion this year.

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GES Dismisses And Bans The WASSCE Students Who Insulted Nana Addo From Writing The Exam

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The Ghana Education Service-GES in reaction to the recent indecent behaviors by the final year students involved in the notorious acts has dismissed and banned them from further taking part in the ongoing WASSCE.

In a press release, the Ghana Education Service to this effect has taken some stern measures against these students who were involved in insulting the President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo in different viral videos.

This directive by the GES is to serve as a deterrence to the other students writing the WASSCE not to follow their stead and put up the best of behavior so as to have a smooth running of the exams.

The GES, again in the media release noted that at the schools where properties were destroyed, the results of the candidates would be withheld until they pay full cost for their damage.

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John Mahama Has Secret Side-Chicks He Hooks Up With At Spintex : Afia Schwarzenegger

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Afia Schwarzenegger from all grounds for believing is done with the NDC and there’s no way she can make a U-turn in subsequent years to the party.

The comedienne reacting to a comment by a netizen under a post on Instagram has dropped another serious bombshell about ex-president John Mahama.

In the latest ‘exposè’, Afia Schwar alleges that John Mahama has side-chicks hiding somewhere in Spintex, a suburb of Tema in the Greater Accra Region.

According to the outspoken comedienne and media personality, Mahama has been giving money to these girls adding that she has more secrets to reveal if she’s dared by the NDC.

She dropped these damning accusations after this comment by the social media user; “You are not God to decide who wins the election u have only one vote n that is yours that alone can not decide who wins and who loss.”

She replied; “@moda.anabel but how will the People with the vote feel about ….the money he gives to his b*tches..Don’t Dare Me to tell Ghanaians about Jesus! Ask John Mahama about his spintex connection.”

Afia Schwar ready to go all out days ago threatened to drop more secrets about the NDC party as well should they came at her again.

This follows Diamond Appiah’s claim that she had been kicked out of the NDC due to her affection for posting nudes on social media.

In her reply to Diamond Appiah, Afia forewarned the NDC with these statements; “Dear Ndc, It will interest you to shut up or boycott this year’s election. You dnt want me to talk so dnt dare me. 4 more 4 Nana,4 more for free education, 4 more for development. I won’t warn you people again”

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