South Africa receives first batch of Pfizer jabs, Chad: Four injured by Police at youth protest | 5 Things That Should Matter Today

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South Africa receives first batch of Pfizer jabs

South Africa has received the first batch of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine with more than 325,000 doses of the Pfizer jab arriving at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport – Africa News reports

According to reports, South Africa is also expecting to receive close to 4.5 million doses of the two-shot vaccine by the end of June.

The J&J vaccine has been the only shot being used in the country since the suspension of the AstraZeneca vaccine in February.

Chad: Four injured by Police at youth protest

Four protesters have been reportedly injured by policemen during a demonstration in Chad that started on Saturday, May 1st – News Central Africa reports

Although President Mahamat Deby recently called for an inclusive national dialogue, in the country, the political atmosphere in Chad is still heated.

According to Eyewitnesses, Security forces fired tear gas at the protesters and even passing military vehicles fired live ammunition into the crowds, injuring at least four people. One person was reported to be seriously wounded.

Libya diplomat calls on Turkey to withdraw foreign fighters

Libya’s top negotiator has called for Turkey to withdraw their mercenaries from the North African country as it heads towards elections later this year – Aljazeera Africa reports

Foreign minister of Libya’s interim government, Najla al-Manqoush, urged Turkey on Monday to implement UN Security Council resolutions demanding the repatriation of more than 20,000 foreign fighters and mercenaries from Libya.

Zulu Princess Thembi: People think we’re murderers

South African princess Thembi has denied rumours that the Zulu queen who died only a month into her reign was poisoned by the royal family – BBC Africa reports

“People think we’re murderers,” The Princess told newsmen in an interview on Sunday, 2nd May, amid a family rift over who will become the next monarch.

Queen Mantfombi, 65, became interim leader last month after the death of her husband, King Goodwill Zwelithini. She died of an unspecified illness and there is no evidence of foul play.

Africa: COVID-19 death toll exceeds 122,000 across continent

As of May 3, confirmed cases of Covid-19 from 55 African countries reached 4,565,548 while over 12,401,980 vaccinations have been administered across the continent.

Reported deaths in Africa reached 122,297 and  4,079,615 people have recovered. South Africa has the most reported cases – 1,584,064 – and 54,417 people died. Other most-affected countries are Morocco ( 511,856), Tunisia ( 311,743), Ethiopia ( 258,384 ), Egypt ( 229,635), Libya ( 177,871 ) and Nigeria ( 165,153).


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