Covid-19 in South Africa: Biovac helps manufacture Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine

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South African company Biovac has partnered with Pfizer and BioNTech to manufacture their vaccine in South Africa for distribution on the continent. It’s a welcome deal for Africa, but pharmaceutical companies continue to resist releasing vaccine patents, which could massively speed up production. Also, the Tunisian military is taking over the Covid-19 response after the health minister is fired and the country struggles with a spike in deadly infections that threatens to overwhelm hospitals.

And in Namibia, descendants of victims of the first genocide of the 20th century are determined to keep pushing for more reparations from Germany, despite the Covid-19 deaths of two traditional leaders leading the negotiations. Our team reports.