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SpaceX launches broadcast satellite to serve Europe, Africa, Middle East

SpaceX launches broadcast satellite to serve Europe, Africa, Middle East

Science
Nov. 3 (UPI) -- SpaceX Thursday put the Hotbird 13G satellite into orbit for Eutelsat to bolster broadcast systems across Europe, Africa and the Middle East. In a statement Eutelsat said, "Once into orbit and positioned, the satellite Eutelsat Hotbird 13G will, with its twin Eutelsat Hotbird 13F launched on Oct. 15, reinforce and enhance the broadcast of more than a thousand television channels into homes across Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East. Moreover, the two satellites will offer advanced features in terms of uplink signal protection and resilience." The Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched at 1:22 a.m. EST from Cape Canaveral, Florida, according to Eutelsat. Eutelsat's statement said that the satellite "was successfully launched into Geostationary Transfer Orbit." It was...
Johnson & Johnson enters deal to supply Africa with 220M COVID-19 doses

Johnson & Johnson enters deal to supply Africa with 220M COVID-19 doses

World
March 29 (UPI) -- Johnson & Johnson announced Monday its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceutical has entered into an agreement with the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust to make available up to 220 million doses of its one-shot COVID-19 candidate vaccine. The company said in a release delivery of the vaccine to the African Union's 55 member states will begin in the third quarter of the year if the one-shot regimen is granted approval by the various national regulatory authorities. Advertisement "From the beginning of this pandemic, Johnson & Johnson has recognized that no one is safe until everyone is safe, and we have been committed to equitable, global access to new COVID-19 vaccines," said Alex Gorsky, chairman and chief executive officer of Johnson & Johnson. An additional 180 m...
Human origins: ‘Little Foot’ fossil’s big journey out of Africa

Human origins: ‘Little Foot’ fossil’s big journey out of Africa

Science
A priceless fossil was briefly brought to a UK research centre in complete secrecy two years ago, in an operation that had more than a touch of the spy novel about it. The specimen was transported across South Africa with an armed guard, treated like an incognito VIP on an international flight, and then whisked slickly to the Diamond X-ray Light Source just south of Oxford.It was at the British research facility that scientists were able to see some microscopic details in the ancient remains that could help unravel key clues to the origins of modern humans.Details of the operation have been made public only now, as the first results from the X-ray investigations have been shared with the wider research community."It was immensely nerve-wracking," palaeoanthropologist Dominic Stratford reca...
The Latest: Africa CDC says fatality rate higher than global

The Latest: Africa CDC says fatality rate higher than global

Health
NAIROBI, Kenya — The head of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the COVID-19 case fatality rate on the continent “is becoming very troubling” as it creeps ever higher than the global one.John Nkengasong told reporters that the fatality rate on the 54-nation continent is now 2.6% while the global one is 2.2%.Twenty African countries including South Africa, Sudan and Congo have rates higher than the global average as a resurgence of cases in parts of the continent has a far deadlier toll than the initial wave of infections last year.Africa’s confirmed deaths in the pandemic are approaching 100,000, with more than 3.6 million cases overall.Nkengasong says “it would be a tragedy if we begin to normalize these deaths.”As COVID-19 vaccines finally begin to arrive on the c...
South Africa coronavirus variant: 77 cases found in UK

South Africa coronavirus variant: 77 cases found in UK

Health
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