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Armed gangs raise risks in vaccinating rural Nigerians
Yunusa Bawa rolled his motorcycle away from the health care clinic where he works in Kuje, southwest of Nigeria’s capital of Abuja, and secured a black box of COVID-19 vaccine for the rough ride ahead, on a route where kidnapping by armed gangs is rampant.

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Omicron variant may have reached Europe earlier than thought
The Netherlands' RIVM health institute disclosed that patient samples dating from Nov. 19 and 23 were found to contain the variant. It was last Wednesday, Nov. 24, that South African authorities reported the existence of the highly mutated virus to the World Health Organization.
Tens of thousands protest in anti-military marches in Sudan
Deposed Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok was reinstated earlier this month under military oversight in a deal that many in the pro-democracy movement oppose. Since the generals seized power on Oct. 25 and rounded up more than 100 civilian government figures, protesters have repeatedly taken to the streets.
China pledges additional 1 billion vaccine doses to Africa
Chinese President Xi Jinping said 600 million doses will be donated while the rest will be jointly produced by Chinese enterprises and African countries, without providing details. He was speaking via video at the eighth triennial Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in the Senegalese city of Diamniadio on Monday.
BioNTech, Moderna and J&J explore omicron versions of COVID-19 shots
BioNTech said Monday that it has started development in order to move as quickly as possible. The first steps of developing a new vaccine overlap with the research necessary in order to evaluate whether the shot will be needed — a process that both it and Moderna began last Thursday as news of the new variant began to spread around the world.

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