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President John Magufuli: called on  citizens for three days of prayer to defeat unnamed “respiratory diseases” amid warnings that the country is seeing a deadly resurgence in infections. Photograph: AP

Dorothy Gwajima, Tanzania’s health minister, held a Covid-19 press briefing this month that looked more like a cooking show. Brandishing a blender as(...)

Dr Anike Baptiste (left) receives a dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine against  Covid-19  from Mokgadi Malebye, a professional nurse at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria on February 17th. Photograph: Phill Magakoe/AFP  via Getty

South Africa’s government has started to roll out its long-awaited coronavirus inoculation programme following the arrival of a first consignment of t(...)

  John Nkengasong: “If you add 400 million doses to the 270 million doses, I think we are beginning to make very good progress.” Photograph:  Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

The African Union has secured an additional 400 million doses of coronavirus vaccines for its 54 member states, the Africa Centres for Disease Control(...)

Paramedics push a man with coronavirus symptoms inside an ambulance in the north of Pretoria, South Africa. Photograph:  Phill Magakoe/AFP via Getty Images

A growing coronavirus second wave is threatening to overwhelm fragile healthcare systems across Africa after months of relatively mild impact across t(...)

Supporters of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) rest at a petrol station as they celebrate the victory of President Yoweri Museveni after the results of the presidential election in Kampala, Uganda.  Photograph: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP via Getty Images

As Yoweri Museveni was once again declared the winner of Uganda’s presidency, soldiers, police and special forces were stationed outside the house of (...)

  People walk past a   billboard advertising ‘Mask up Lagos’ along a road in Yaba district in Lagos, Nigeria. Photograph:Akintunde Akinleye/EPA

The African Union has secured a provisional 270 million Covid-19 vaccine doses for its member states, with at least 50 million becoming available betw(...)

Displaced women at the Centro Agrrio de Napala, where hundreds of displaced are sheltered, fleeing attacks by armed insurgents in different areas of Cabo Delgado. Photograph:  Alfredo Zuniga/AFP via Getty

Mozambique has fought a largely losing battle with Islamist insurgents in its northern Cabo Delgado province in 2020, ceding control of important town(...)

A damaged tank stands abandoned on a road as a truck of the Amhara special forces passes by near Humera, in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. Photograph:  Eduardo Soteras/AFP via Getty Images

Ethiopian federal forces were encircling the Tigray region’s capital from around 50km on Monday, the government said, after giving the Tigray People’s(...)

Ethiopian refugees who fled fighting in the Tigray region receive aid  in Sudan’s eastern Gedaref State. Photograph:  Ashraf Shazly/AFP via Getty Images

Ethiopia’s army said it planned to strike the city of Mekelle with heavy artillery, warning civilians to leave or take shelter ahead of a new, dangero(...)

Members of a military band arrive at Ethiopian  prime minister Abiy Ahmed’s  compound in  in Addis Ababa on Tuesday. Photograph: Eduardo SoterasS/AFP via Getty Images

Gashaw Koye, a 42-year-old farmer from Amhara dressed in crisp new battle fatigues, met his wife from the neighbouring region of Tigray more than two (...)

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