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In Africa, vaccine hesitancy adds to slow rollout of doses

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Some Africans are hesitating to get COVID-19 vaccines amid concerns about their safety, alarming public health officials as some countries start to destroy thousands of doses th...

WHO says more than 11,000 Ebola vaccines will go to Guinea

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The World Health Organization says it will be sending more than 11,000 Ebola vaccinations to the West African nation of Guinea in the coming days to combat the recent epidemic of...

Guinea declares Ebola epidemic, neighboring countries act

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Guinea has officially declared it has an Ebola epidemic after at least three people have died and four others have been infected in the West African nation. Nei...

Future for Liberia's rubber farmers shaky amid economic woes

GBARNGA, Liberia (AP) — Christopher Reeves has farmed rubber for more than three decades in Liberia, selling his crop to the international tire-maker Firestone, which also operates the world’s largest...

Liberia's vice president confirmed to have coronavirus

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia’s health ministry has confirmed that the vice president, who was flown to Ghana on Tuesday for medical care, has tested positive for COVID-19. Offic...

Liberia vice president flies to Ghana for medical treatment

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia's vice president and former first lady, Jewel Howard-Taylor, has been flown to Ghana to for medical treatment after developing “respiratory complications,” her office ...

Liberian girl's song about COVID-19 being played on radio

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — The voice is strong, and the words are resolute: “Let’s protect ourselves to save our family and our country; let’s stop the public gatherings.” The singer? ...

Africa, Latin America fragile targets for coronavirus spread

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The West African nation of Mali has roughly one ventilator per 1 million of its people — 20 in all to help the critically ill. In Peru, with more than 32 million people, about 35...

Coronavirus' local spread beginning to take off in Africa

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The coronavirus is now spreading locally within a dozen African nations, continental health authorities said Tuesday, while a cruise ship was quarantined off Cape Town after severa...

New Africa coronavirus crisis looms with internal spread

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The coronavirus has now been confirmed in at least 30 of Africa’s 54 countries, officials said Monday, and regional power South Africa warned of a new crisis once the virus begins ...

Hundreds march in Liberia to protest falling economy

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Hundreds of Liberians have gathered in the capital Monday to demand that President George Weah take decisive action to improve the economy. Crowds were swelling as the day pro...

Post-war Liberians are demanding better mental health care

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — More than a decade after back-to-back civil wars ravaged Liberia its people still await justice for countless abuses, and many say the lack of accountability is worsening a me...

Liberian chiefs urge president to fight impunity

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — More than 300 chiefs representing Liberia's rural and traditional bloc have called on the president to set up a war and economic crimes court as part of measures to fight impu...

Lawyer fighting palm oil among 6 to win environmental prize

BOSTON (AP) — When Alfred Brownell arrived in a remote Liberian village, the surrounding tropical rainforest had been leveled by bulldozers. Burial grounds were uprooted, religious shrines were desecr...

Firestone in Liberia pursues drastic layoffs, worrying many

HARBEL, Liberia (AP) — The 6,500 workers at the Firestone rubber plantation in Liberia are bracing for job cuts after the American-owned company announced it will substantially reduce its workforce. ...