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>> African Union buys 270 million vaccine doses for continent

“The African Union announced Wednesday that it has purchased a total of 270 million doses of coronavirus vaccines for the continent from Pfizer, AstraZeneca through the Serum Institute of India, and Johnson & Johnson,” Associated Press wrote. “At least 50 million of the doses will be available in the months of April to June and the rest of will be delivered before the end of 2021, said the African Union chairman, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.”

>> COVID Vaccines Open Door for Cancer Treatments, Others

VOANEWS reports that “the new tools scientists are deploying to fight the COVID-19 pandemic may soon go to work against cancer, autoimmune diseases and other illnesses.” “The vaccines from drug companies Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech use a new way to train the body's immune system to respond to infection.” “They are testing the same techniques to recruit the immune system to attack tumors. And when immune system attacks go wrong, as in multiple sclerosis or other autoimmune diseases, the same tools may be able to call them off.”

>> As COVID-19 rages, S.Africa delays new school year until mid-Feb

“South Africa on Friday delayed the start to its new school year by two weeks to Feb. 15, in order to prevent schools becoming transmission centres for COVID-19, as new cases have hovered around 20,000 a day for the past week,” Reuters said. “School was out for about a third of last year, when South Africa was in the grip of its first wave of coronavirus infections. The closures widened an already stark educational divide between elite schools that easily shifted classes online and the rest with little or no capacity for digital learning.”

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