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November 2021

A healthcare worker gives the Johnson and Johnson Covid vaccine to a woman outside a polling station in Laudium, Pretoria, on November 1, 2021. Photo: Phil Magakoe / AFP
A healthcare worker gives the Johnson an... […]

Did vaccine inequality lead to the Omicron variant?

In October 2020, as scientists around the world raced to develop a Covid shot, the head of the WHO warned against looming "vaccine nationalism". But is vaccine inequality the reason behind Omicron's emergence?
EU border agency Frontex will deploy a surveillance plane "day and night to help the French, Dutch and Belgian police," French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin announced. Photo: Marc Sanye / AFP
EU border agency Frontex will deploy a s... […]

Surveillance plane to be deployed over Channel to monitor migrants

The EU's border agency is to deploy a plane 24-hours-a-day over the Channel coast to monitor migrant crossings, France announced after pushing its European partners for help in cracking down on people-smuggling
Microscopic view of SARS-CoV-2 virus (round blue objects) emerging from the surface of cells cultured in a laboratory. Photo: National Institutes of Health / AFP
Microscopic view of SARS-CoV-2 virus (ro... […]

What is known so far about new Covid variant Omicron

South African scientists have discovered a new Covid-19 variant, Omicron, with multiple mutations that is thought to be highly contagious. This is what is known so far about the Omicron variant.
A man receives a Covid vaccination in Frankfurt am Main on November 23, 2021, during an event where people in need are offered the vaccination and a meal
A man receives a Covid vaccination in Fr... […]

A spiritual movement and Germany’s low vaccination rate

An explosion of coronavirus infections at a German school has put a spotlight on "anthroposophy", a spiritual movement behind the education system, and raised questions over how it may be contributing to stagnating vaccinations
The European Commission continues to hold back approval of 36 billion euros ($41 billion) Poland wants from EU coronavirus recovery funds because of Warsaw's perceived roll-back of democratic norms. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard / AFP
The European Commission continues to hol... […]

EU, Poland still at odds despite united front on migrants

Warsaw and Brussels may have put on a united front over the Belarus migrant crisis, but analysts doubt the cooperation will extend to their longstanding row over judicial independence