COVID-19: Mozambique’s fight against ever-rising COVID infections – and a ‘five-year wait’ for vaccines

Hard-pressed hospital staff in Mozambique are not only fighting a sevenfold increase in COVID cases, but they have no functioning track-and-trace system, a lack of cost-free testing, and a rising tide of the South African variant. The biggest hospital in Maputo is also the busiest health facility in Mozambique. It

Don’t pick a fight with us over City access, BoE boss warns Brussels

Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey has urged the EU not to pick a fight over post-Brexit access for financial services and accused it of demanding tougher standards of the UK than other countries. Brussels has been slow to grant “equivalence” status allowing UK firms access to the bloc in

Tests vital for Africa’s fight against coronavirus

The relatively low number of coronavirus cases in Africa so far “have raised hopes that African countries may be spared the worst of the pandemic”, in the words of the UN. But at the same time it urges caution. There is a general consensus among those in charge of health

24 hours in New York’s fight against coronavirus

By last Tuesday, the death toll from coronavirus in New York City had passed that of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. The figure was reached only three weeks after the first coronavirus death in the city. The outbreak has placed New York at the centre of the

Favela ‘presidents’ fight Bolsonaro’s virus claims

Life may have slowed down in recent weeks, but it certainly hasn’t stopped yet in Paraisópolis, one of Sao Paulo’s biggest favelas. Residents are still running errands, and motorbikes are still weaving through traffic on the narrow, busy streets. Some shops have closed – but many are very much open,