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A researcher at the Africa Health Research Institute in Durban, South Africa, works on the omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus in December 2021. African countries were penalized by Canada’s travel ban even though they discovered the Omicron variant via complex sequencing work when western nations failed to. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

I was ensnared in Canada’s harsh and unscientific African travel ban

Ottawa’s travel ban against African countries made clear its underlying policy: What matters is not your test result, but where you’ve been. It’s yet another example of anti-Africa discrimation.
Women are more likely to work in sectors hit hard by the pandemic, like hospitality. Guillem Sartorio/AFP

New research: how Covid-19 has made life harder for South African women

The pandemic has increased vulnerability and poverty for female-headed households more than for male-headed households.
US president Joe Biden and Democratic Republic of Congo president Felix Tshisekedi at the G20 summit in October 2021. Photo by Erin Schaff/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Biden’s summit for democracy: what Africa needs to bring to the table

Africa can make important contributions to the issues on the agenda: defending against authoritarianism; fighting corruption; and respect for human rights.

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