Sierra Leone appeared set to become the 23rd African country to abolish capital punishment.
“Can we not think and act on two pandemics at a time?” asked one epidemiologist.
Rich nations have bought up most doses long into the future, and there is little hope of a rescue in sight.
The continent, currently undergoing a third wave of the coronavirus, has reported about six million infections in total, along with some 153,000 deaths.
An H.I.V. infection increases the odds of dying from Covid-19 by at least 30 percent, researchers said.
A scrappy force of local Tigrayan recruits scored a cascade of battlefield victories against the Ethiopian military, one of Africa’s strongest. Times journalists witnessed the decisive week in an eight-month civil war.
A third wave of the pandemic is ripping through countries mainly in southern and eastern Africa, and one country in North Africa — Tunisia — is experiencing its fourth wave.
The scale of the loss suffered by one of Africa’s most powerful armies was on vivid display on Friday as thousands of government troops were paraded through Mekelle, the regional capital of Tigray.
“We are not asking for donations — in fact, we have money to buy vaccines,” said the official, Strive Masiyiwa. “Vaccines are not expensive, certainly when it comes to the lives of our people.”
The eradication of malaria in the world’s most populous nation offers lessons in how innovative treatments and aggressive tracking can keep the disease in check.