Nigeria: COVID vaccines to arrive March 2nd, Tunisia protests amid political standoff | 5 Things That Should Matter Today

Across the 54 Countries in Africa, these are the 5 top stories you may have missed:

Nigeria: COVID Vaccines to arrive March 2nd

The Federal Government of Nigeria is set to receive the first set of vaccines after moving the first expectation of the vaccine from January ending to late February and then March – The Guardian reports

Speaking on the development, the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, said: “We are fully prepared to receive and deliver the vaccine to eligible Nigerians as we have commenced the training of health workers and ensured that cold chain facilities are ready at all levels. We have a robust cold chain system that can store all types of COVID-19 vaccine in accordance with the required temperature. We are therefore confident we will have a very effective rollout of the vaccine, starting with our critical healthcare workers, who are in the frontline in providing the care we all need.”

Tunisia protests amid Political Standoff

Tunisia’s main parliamentary bloc, Ennahdha gathered thousands of people in a demonstration of support for the government amid a tug-of-war with President Kais SaiedAfrica News reports

Islamist-inspired Ennahdha and liberal Qalb Tounes parties advocated for a reshuffling of the government by Prime minister Hichem Mechichi in mid-January, introducing 11 new ministers to the parliament.

Fire razes Southern Strand Library in Cape Town

Popular Library in Cape Town, South Africa, The Southern Strand Library, has been gutted by a morning fire destroying rows of books and leaving oddments of burnt shelves, shattered glass and the charred remains of the library – News Central Africa reports

Zahid Badroodien, Cape Town Councillor, on inspecting the site stated that the cause of the fire is yet to be established but investigations are still ongoing. He also urged individuals with valuable information to avail law enforcement authorities with it.

Ethiopia’s Tigray crisis: US seriously concerned

The United States of America has condemned the reported atrocities in Ethiopia’s conflict-hit northern region of Tigray, urging the African Union to help resolve the “deteriorating situation. – BBC Africa reports

“We are deeply concerned by the worsening humanitarian crisis,” Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said.

Athletics: Nigeria’s 18-year old Favour Ofili sets new African Record

The outstanding performance of Nigerian athlete, Favour Ofili has set a new African and National record while competing at the Southeastern Conference indoor championships – Premium Times reports

The 18-year-old finished third in the 200 meters with a new Personal Best time of 22.75 which dwarfs the former Nigeria national record of 23.00s held by Regina George and by extension the African Record hitherto held by Ivorian athlete, Murielle Ahouré at 22.80


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