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Southern Africa is not a hotbed of variants — it's just very good at sequencing and spotting them

A laboratory worker in Cape Town, South Africa, on October 5, 2021.Rodger Bosch/AFP via Getty Images Scientists in South Africa were the first to raise alarm bells about Omicron, alerting the WHO last Wednesday. But that doesn't necessarily mean the variant came from southern Africa, it's more of an indication of the region's robust surveillance system. "We just rang the bell, which allowed everybody else to realize that actually this was maybe going on unnoticed," one South Afric...
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WHO slams countries for putting travel bans on southern Africa, saying it 'attacks global solidarity'

A Doctors Without Borders nurse performs a COVID-19 test in Johannesburg, South Africa.Michele Spatari/AFP/Getty Images Countries put travel bans on southern African nations after the Omicron variant was first found there. A WHO official said "putting in place travel bans that target Africa attacks global solidarity." South Africa said it feels punished, instead of applauded for finding and reporting the variant. The World Health Organization criticized countries for putting travel bans on so...
Tags: Science, Africa, Trends, Bbc, South Africa, New York Times, News UK, Who, World Health Organization, Botswana, Africa South Africa, JOHANNESBURG South Africa, Europe Many, Asia North America, Matshidiso Moeti, Omicron


Early action against Omicron is imperative to avoid devastating consequences | Ewan Birney

Scientists have sprung into action to identify the new Covid variant. We don’t yet know if it is a major threat - but we should not take any chancesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIt was only a matter of time before a new Sars-CoV-2 variant of concern emerged, requiring an urgent global response. It would seem that the Omicron variant, identified by scientists across Africa, including the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), poses the next major threat...
Tags: Hong Kong, UK, Science, Africa, Israel, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Belgium, Botswana, Ewan Birney, National Institute for Communicable Diseases NICD, Coronavirus


EU member states agree to ban flights from southern Africa over new coronavirus variant 'Omicron' rapidly spreading there

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.Reuters A new coronavirus variant — B.1.1.529 — is rapidly spreading in southern Africa. It prompted the European Commission to recommend a flight ban from the region. Belgium announced Europe's first case of the new variant, which the WHO named Omicron, on Friday. European Union member states have agreed to ban flights from southern African countries, citing the new coronavirus variant rapidly spreading there, Associated Press journalist...
Tags: Transportation, Hong Kong, Europe, Science, News, Germany, Africa, Trends, Eu, European Union, South Africa, News UK, European Commission, Belgium, Who, World Health Organization


Failure to share Covid vaccines ‘coming back to haunt us’, says Gordon Brown

Ex-PM says world was ‘forewarned’ of dangers of failing to vaccinate poorer countries amid rise of new variant‘New variant is no surprise when rich countries are hoarding vaccines’Coronavirus – latest updatesThe failure of the world to get vaccines to the developing world is “coming back to haunt us”, Gordon Brown has warned, as experts said the emergence of variants such as B.1.1.529 could have been avoided if jabs had been more fairly distributed.Writing in the Guardian, the Labour former prim...
Tags: Health, Politics, Science, Africa, Society, UK News, World news, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Aid, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Gordon Brown, Botswana, Coronavirus


EU asks member states to ban flights from southern Africa over new coronavirus variant rapidly spreading there

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.Reuters A new coronavirus variant — B.1.1.529 — is rapidly spreading in southern Africa. It prompted the European Commission to recommend a flight ban from the region. Belgium announced Europe's first case of the new variant on Friday. The European Union has asked member states to ban flights from southern African countries, citing the new coronavirus variant rapidly spreading there."It is now important that all of us in Europe act very s...
Tags: Transportation, Hong Kong, Europe, Science, News, Germany, Africa, Trends, Eu, European Union, South Africa, News UK, European Commission, Belgium, Botswana, Alexandra Ma


Fauci says there is no indication the new coronavirus variant found in southern Africa is in the US

Dr. Anthony Fauci.Pool / Pool/ Getty Images A new coronavirus variant was detected in southern Africa. Experts are worried about its mutations. Fauci said that there is "no indication" the variant is currently in the US. He said there is concern over the speed of its spread and whether it would escape vaccine protection. Dr. Anthony Fauci said that there is "no indication" that the new coronavirus variant that was first found in southern Africa is currently in the US.He told CNN's "New Da...
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Rise of a new coronavirus variant in Africa looks like the disaster scenario experts warned of if rich nations hoarded vaccines for themselves

A man receiving a coronavirus vaccination on a train in South Africa.REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko/File Photo A new coronavirus variant was found in southern Africa. Experts worry it could be the worst so far. Scientists had warned that a dangerous new variant could emerge if there isn't global vaccine access. They said all countries need vaccines before wealthy ones get boosters. Rich nations didn't listen. As coronavirus vaccines were produced, approved, and rolled out, health experts said...
Tags: Hong Kong, Politics, UK, Science, Minnesota, Germany, Africa, Trends, Joe Biden, Analysis, South Africa, News UK, Who, World Health Organization, Rich, Botswana


What do we know about the new ‘worst ever’ Covid variant?

UK places South Africa on red travel list over B.1.1.529 variant picked up by scientists in countrySouth Africa to be put on England’s travel red listSee all our coronavirus coverageWhat is the new variant and why is it a concern?Scientists have detected a new Covid-19 variant called B.1.1.529 and are working to understand its potential implications. About 50 confirmed cases have been identified in South Africa, Hong Kong and Botswana.B.1.1.529 has a very unusual constellation of mutations, whic...
Tags: Travel, UK, England, Science, Africa, World news, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Botswana, Coronavirus, South Africa Hong Kong, countrySouth Africa


Europe considers a flight ban on southern Africa over new coronavirus variant rapidly spreading there

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.Reuters A new coronavirus variant — B.1.1.529 — is rapidly spreading in southern Africa. It's prompting the European Commission to consider a flight ban from the region. The UK restricted travel to and from six southern African countries on Thursday. The European Union is considering an "emergency brake" flight ban on southern African countries, citing a new coronavirus variant rapidly spreading there."The EU Commission will propose, in c...
Tags: Transportation, Europe, UK, Science, News, Africa, Trends, European Union, South Africa, News UK, European Commission, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Alexandra Ma, EU Commission, Ursula von der Leyen


UK suspending flights from 6 African countries over new coronavirus variant fears: 'Our scientists are deeply concerned'

Britain's Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid.Andrew Matthews/Pool/Reuters A new coronavirus variant has been identified in Botswana and South Africa. Dubbed "B.1.1.529," it has many mutations, concerning scientists and the World Health Organization. The UK instituted travel restrictions on Thursday for six African countries following the news.  The United Kingdom has added six African countries to its "red" travel list and temporarily suspended flights over concerns about a new ...
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Scientists are closely tracking a COVID-19 variant with a 'worrying' number of mutations. They don't yet know if it's more infectious.

A man receives the COVID-19 vaccine at a drive-through COVID-19 vaccination site in Gaborone, Botswana, on October 12 2021Tshekiso Tebalo/Xinhua/Getty Images A variant with 'worrying' number of mutations has been detected in South Africa, Botswana, and Hong Kong. Experts are concerned its mutations may help it to avoid antibodies produced by vaccines and treatments. It has been detected 82 times, as of Thursday. For now, it's being closely monitored.  Scientists and health officia...
Tags: Health, Asia, Hong Kong, Science, News, Africa, Trends, South Africa, Healthcare, Delta, World Health Organization, Test, Cambridge University, Imperial College London, Botswana, Variant


Scientists are closely tracking a coronavirus variant with a 'worrying' number of mutations. They don't yet know if it's more infectious.

A man receives the COVID-19 vaccine at a drive-through COVID-19 vaccination site in Gaborone, Botswana, on October 12 2021Tshekiso Tebalo/Xinhua/Getty Images A variant with 'worrying' number of mutations has been detected in South Africa, Botswana, and Hong Kong. Experts are concerned its mutations may help it to avoid antibodies produced by vaccines and treatments. It has been detected 82 times, as of Thursday. For now, it's being closely monitored.  Scientists and health officia...
Tags: Health, Asia, Hong Kong, Science, News, Africa, Trends, South Africa, Healthcare, Delta, World Health Organization, Test, Cambridge University, Imperial College London, Botswana, Variant


Scientists warn of new Covid variant with high number of mutations

The B.1.1.529 variant was first spotted in Botswana and six cases have been found in South AfricaCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageScientists have warned that a new Covid variant which carries an “extremely high number” of mutations may drive further waves of disease by evading the body’s immune defences.The number of cases confirmed by genomic sequencing is very small, with only 10 cases recorded in three countries, but the variant has sparked serious concern among som...
Tags: Health, Science, Africa, UK News, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Botswana, Coronavirus


Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine is extremely helpful at preventing severe COVID-19 but it's hard to come by in the planet's poorer countries

A container of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is seen at the United Memorial Medical Center on December 21, 2020 in Houston, Texas. Getty Images/Go Nakamura Around one million doses of Moderna's vaccines have been sent to low-income countries. The company has been accused of focusing on profit, The New York Times reported. Moderna told the Times it has limited production capacity and is fulfilling existing orders. Poorer countries have received significantly fewer doses of Moderna'...
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The WHO says rich countries should hold off booster shots until every nation has vaccinated 10% of its population. These 43 countries are short of that mark.

People wait in long lines and for hours to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with the Sputnik V vaccine at the Manolo Morales Hospital in Managua, on September 4, 2021. STR / AFP The WHO wants all countries to have vaccine rates of more than 10% by the end of September. It has called for rich countries to hold off booster shots until then, and prioritize vaccines abroad. Here are the 43 countries that have fully vaccinated less than 10% of their population. See more stories on Insider's b...
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Covid-19 Diary : Sunday 1 August, 2021

We are now something like 18 months into this pandemic.  You would think that by this point, and after all the resources, people, and trillions of dollars spent, we would have at least some semblance of order and consistency in terms of what we do and how we respond to something that is sadly an everyday event – someone coming down with the virus.  In the US, this event has now been repeated almost 36 million times. But please read this article and note how even today, there is absolutely no c...
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Covid-19 Diary : Thursday 29 July, 2021

Thursday set a new record high number of Covid cases reported in the US since early February.  Sadly, that same statement applies to many of the preceding days for the last five weeks due to the rapidly increasing new cases, with Thursday being the first day cases have again exceeded 90,000.  Thursday’s final count isn’t yet available, but the number is already over 93,000 and could go over 95,000 when the last reports are collated. As you can see, for almost three weeks, our daily growth (ora...
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Cellebrite Under Fire Again, After Cops Use Its Phone-Cracking Tech to Target a Journalist

Ahead of its planned IPO in the U.S., Cellebrite faces fresh flames after its phone-cracking tools were yet again used to violate the privacy of journalists.Read more...
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Mongoose in the city: How landscape can impact disease transmission in Botswana

"The question has always been how do we predict what's going to happen once an infectious disease emerges," said Kathleen Alexander, the William E. Lavery Professor in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation. "By using systems that are tractable, we can begin to learn a lot more about how disease dynamics are shaped by host behavior and environmental drivers, including urbanizing landscapes."
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In This Best of World SF Story, an Artificial Daughter Longs for Her Mother in Near-Future Africa

Edited by World Fantasy Award winner Lavie Tidhar, The Best of World SF: Volume 1 collects 26 new short stories from authors representing 21 countries, including France, China, Singapore, Nigeria, India, Japan, Italy, and Cuba. io9 has a first look at the entry by Tlotlo Tsamaase, who hails from Botswana.Read more...
Tags: Science, Africa, Cuba, Sisi, Botswana, Lavie Tidhar, Mama, Tlotlo Tsamaase, France China Singapore Nigeria India Japan Italy


New Report Shows Phone Cracking Tech is Being Used to Target Journalists in Botswana

The willingness of digital forensics firms to sell to pretty much any paying law enforcement agency, regardless of the country’s human rights record, has stirred up no minor amount of controversy. These tools, critics say, allow bad governments expansive, invasive powers, and may be used in the course of…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Journalism, Human Behavior, Freedom Of The Press, Botswana, Moxie Marlinspike, Deception, Cellebrite, Observation, Fake News, Jonathan Rozen, Universal Forensic Extraction Device, Oratile Dikologang


A small asteroid that hit Botswana took 23 million years to get here from the asteroid belt, astronomers found

Fragment of asteroid 2018 LA recovered in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in central Botswana. SETI Institute Astronomers have uncovered fragments of a 6-foot-wide asteroid that struck Botswana in 2018. According to a new study of those fragments, the space rock originated from the asteroid belt. Scientists estimate the asteroid's journey across the solar system took nearly 23 million years. See more stories on Insider's business page. In the early hours of June 2, 2018, astrono...
Tags: Space, Science, News, La, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Mars, University Of Arizona, Vesta, Asteroid, Botswana, SETI Institute, NASA JPL Caltech, Aylin Woodward, Central Kalahari Game Reserve


NRA Chief Wayne LaPierre Shoots an Elephant in Sickening New Video

Newly unearthed footage shows Wayne LaPierre, Jr., executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, killing an elephant in Botswana in 2013. It is horrific, and I would not recommend watching it if you’re trying to have a normal day. Read more...
Tags: Science, Botswana, Nra, National Rifle Association, Wayne Lapierre, Wayne LaPierre Jr


Video shows NRA's Wayne LaPierre shooting but failing to kill an elephant for NRA-sponsored TV show that never aired

In this April 26, 2019, file photo, Nation Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre speaks at the association's Institute for Legislative Action Leadership Forum at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File A newly released video shows NRA head LaPierre shooting an endangered elephant on a 2013 hunting trip. LaPierre repeatedly fails to kill the animal from close range; his guide eventually makes the kill. LaPierre's wife, Susan, kills anothe...
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Asteroid that hit Botswana in 2018 likely came from Vesta

A team of researchers searched for pieces of an asteroid tracked in space and then observed to impact Botswana on June 2018. Guided by SETI Institute astronomer Peter Jenniskens, they found 23 meteorites deep inside the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and have published their findings in the journal Meteoritics and Planetary Science. "Combining observations of the small asteroid in space with information gleaned from the meteorites shows it likely came from Vesta," said Jenniskens.
Tags: Science, Vesta, Botswana, SETI Institute, Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Meteoritics, Peter Jenniskens


Asteroid’s 22m-year journey from source to Earth mapped in historic first

Flight path of Kalahari’s six-tonne asteroid is first tracing of meteorite shedding rock to solar system originAstronomers have reconstructed the 22m-year-long voyage of an asteroid that hurtled through the solar system and exploded over Botswana, showering meteorites across the Kalahari desert.It is the first time scientists have traced showering space rock to its source – in this case Vesta, one of largest bodies in the asteroid belt that circles the sun between Jupiter and Mars. Continue read...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Africa, World news, Australia news, Nasa, Earth, Comets, Asteroids, Vesta, Jupiter, Meteors, Botswana, Kalahari


Astronomers map asteroid’s 22m-year journey to Earth

Flight path of Kalahari’s six-tonne asteroid is first tracing of meteorite shedding rock to solar system originAstronomers have reconstructed the 22m-year-long voyage of an asteroid that hurtled through the solar system and exploded over Botswana, showering meteorites across the Kalahari desert.It is the first time scientists have traced showering space rock to its source – in this case Vesta, one of largest bodies in the asteroid belt that circles the sun between Jupiter and Mars. Continue read...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Africa, World news, Australia news, Nasa, Earth, Comets, Asteroids, Vesta, Jupiter, Meteors, Botswana, Kalahari


22 discoveries this year changed our understanding of how animals communicate, compete, and defend themselves

elbud/Shuttershock As scientists researched the evolution and behavior of animal species over the last year, our understanding of how many creatures communicate, compete, and defend themselves has changed. New discoveries offered eye-raising insights into the behavior of sharks, penguins, dogs, and insects, among other species. Researchers discovered this year, for example, that platypuses glow in the dark.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Even amid a pandemic, scient...
Tags: Science, News, Dogs, Australia, Animals, Massachusetts, Environment, West Virginia, Trends, Features, Getty Images, Discoveries, Canada, Atlantic, Maine, Arctic


Researchers figured out why hundreds of elephants dropped dead in Botswana this year: Their water was poisoned by algae

An aerial view of an elephant that died in the Okavango Delta in Botswana. National Park Rescue At least 330 elephants have been found dead in Botswana since May. After months of investigation, researchers have figured out the elephants died because their drinking water was contaminated with toxic cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae. As the world warms, such toxic blooms are expected to proliferate.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Since May, hundreds of elephants near B...
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