US Official Says Getting Vaccines to Africans is ‘Top Priority’

WASHINGTON – The Biden administration is in the process of delivering 25 million vaccine doses to African countries in a massive effort to help African nations beat the COVID-19 pandemic. VOA’s Hayde Adams, the host of “Straight Talk Africa,” spoke with Akunna Cook, the U.S. deputy assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, about how the effort is going. The interview was edited for brevity and clarity. VOA: These are difficult times all over the world In Africa, only about 1% of the continent’s population is fully vaccinated. Please tell…

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More Than 700 Saved From Mediterranean This Weekend, Aid Group Says

MARSEILLE, FRANCE – Rescue ships picked up more than 700 people trying to cross the Mediterranean in makeshift vessels this weekend, mainly off the coasts of Libya and Malta, a migrant aid group said Sunday. The latest figures came as United Nations migration officials repeated their calls for a fairer mechanism to share the responsibility of caring for them, rather than leaving it to the Mediterranean countries. SOS Mediterranee said that its vessel, the Ocean Viking, had carried out six operations in international waters since Saturday. In the last intervention,…

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