Tag: South Africa

Taming the virus: Is a patent waiver on COVID vaccines the best option for the world?

Despite Joe Biden’s support for India’s and South Africa’s demand for a waiver of four different kinds of intellectual property (IP) related to Covid-19 treatments...

We have no time to lose, conclude talks on patent waiver proposal by July-end: India

India has suggested to the WTO members to begin text-based negotiations from mid-June on the temporary TRIPs waiver proposal to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic,...

‘This IS INSANE’: Africa desperately short of COVID vaccine

In the global race to vaccinate people against COVID-19, Africa is tragically at the back of the pack. In fact, it has barely gotten out...

Europe Union’s new move may hit India, South Africa’s patent waiver plan

(This story originally appeared in on Jun 08, 2021) European Union has drawn up a counter proposal which could “undermine’’ India and South Africa’s proposed...

Women’s Cricket: Time to step out of their brothers’ shadow?

Which came first: the chicken or the egg? This old-as-an-omelette question is perfectly suited to prise open a long-lingering modern problem: of the gender pay...

‘No need to worry, but we do need to prepare’ | India News

An Israeli study rang alarm bells when it suggested that those vaccinated might be eight times as susceptible to the South Africa variant of Covid-19...

BASIC nations oppose EU’s plan to impose a ‘carbon border tax’

(This story originally appeared in on Apr 10, 2021) At a time when the European Union is toying with the idea of ‘carbon border tax’...

Explained: Who are the rebels in northern Mozambique?

With more than a week of fierce fighting including beheaded bodies in the streets, the battle for the northern Mozambique town of Palma has highlighted...

India slams rich nations for vaccine patent hurdle | India News

NEW DELHI: India has hit out at developed countries that are seeking to block its joint initiative with South Africa for patent waiver on Covid-19...

As virus variants spread, ‘no one is safe until everyone is safe’

CAPE TOWN, South Africa: As a dangerous variant of the coronavirus first discovered in South Africa sickens and kills thousands across the country, Jan Matsena...

Rise above narrow interests, support plan for uninterrupted flow of medicines, vaccines: India tells WTO

NEW DELHI: India on Friday batted strongly for its joint proposal with South Africa for a temporary waiver in global intellectual property rights rules to...

Vaccinate fast, or the virus will become deadlier | India News

The coronavirus is mutating in ways that let it spread easily. Speedy vaccination is our best chance to prevent dangerous mutationsOn January 8, a care...

Urgent action expected in South Africa as hospitals run out of beds, oxygen amid COVID-19 spike

Johannesburg: South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to recall ministers and top officials from their festive season break to seek urgent ways of addressing...

Former South African prez Zuma summoned to appear before commission for graft charges

Johannesburg: Former South African president Jacob Zuma has been issued with a legal summons to appear before an inquiry commission probing corruption charges, including the...

Zimbabweans in South Africa use app to send food home after border restrictions

JOHANNESBURG/HARARE (Reuters) – Petronella Mabhena, a domestic worker in South Africa, has been paying bus drivers to ferry food to her relatives in Zimbabwe for...

Special Report: Cyber-intel firms pitch governments on spy tools to trace coronavirus

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When law enforcement agencies want to gather evidence locked inside an iPhone, they often turn to hacking software from the Israeli firm...

VW re-starts Europe’s largest car factory after coronavirus shutdown

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – VW (VOWG_p.DE) the world’s largest carmaker by sales, resumed work at its biggest factory in Wolfsburg, Germany, on Monday even as inventory...

Telco shares are surprise losers as lockdown drives internet boom

SINGAPORE/BERLIN (Reuters) – As lockdowns worldwide drive a surge in internet use, boosting online sales for businesses as varied as gaming and food delivery, the...

African governments team up with tech giants to fight coronavirus lies

ABUJA (Reuters) – Governments across Africa are teaming up with technology giants including Facebook and WhatsApp to fight misinformation about coronavirus on social media platforms...