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  1. How are vaccinations going in Europe?

    Hungary doctors inoculating with Sinopharm jab, Szeged, 24 Feb 21
    Image caption: Hungary is giving citizens the Chinese jab
    • Hungary has become the first EU country to inoculate people with the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine, not yet authorised at EU level. Hungary’s right-wing nationalist government has criticised the slow pace of the EU’s vaccine rollout. It has ordered five million doses of the Sinopharm jab so far. With a 10m population, Hungary is also using the Russian Sputnik V jab - again not authorised by the EU. Covid infections are rising in Hungary – its death toll so far is 14,450. Neighbouring Serbia, not in the EU, is also using the Chinese and Russian vaccines
    • Ukraine has just started vaccinating, using the AstraZeneca/Oxford jab. It registered 8,147 Covid cases in the past 24 hours – its highest figure since mid-January. It has shunned Sputnik V, as it regards Russia as an aggressor, with the conflict in eastern Ukraine unresolved
    • Vaccines are top of the agenda at a virtual EU summit later today. There is still much concern about supplies: AstraZeneca and Pfizer/BioNTech are racing to expand capacity to meet the huge demand
    • The idea of vaccine passports is gaining momentum – Israel already has them. Those who have had the jab, or who have had Covid – so who have antibodies – could potentially visit more places, events and travel abroad. Greece, Cyprus and Austria like the idea, hoping to salvage summer tourism. But Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel and EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen are sceptical - they worry that data on protection from Covid remains incomplete.
  2. Killed Italian ambassador's state funeral held

    BBC World Service

    This photo taken on February 25, 2021 shows Carabinieri police officers carrying the flag-draped coffin of slain Italian Ambassador Luca Attanasio into the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels and the Martyrs in Rome, for Luca Attanasio's and Italian Carabinieri police officer Vittorio Iacovacci's state funerals
    Image caption: Luca Attanasio was shot dead apparently in a botched kidnapping attempt

    The state funeral has been held in Rome of the Italian ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

    Luca Attanasio, his Italian police bodyguard, Vittorio Iacovacci and a Congolese driver, Mustapha Milambo, were killed on Monday when the UN convoy they were travelling in was ambushed in the volatile east of the DR Congo.

    Italy's new prime minister, Mario Draghi, was among the mourners at the funeral service at Santa Maria Degli Angeli church.

    The Congolese government has blamed a Rwandan Hutu rebel group, the FDLR. The rebels have denied the allegation.

  3. Mozambique receives 200,000 Chinese vaccine doses

    Jose Tembe

    BBC News, Maputo

    Mozambique has received the first batch of 200,000 Covid-19 vaccine doses from the Chinese government.

    The vaccines by Sinopharm were received on Wednesday by Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario at the Maputo International Airport.

    The prime minister said the government was working on getting more Covid-19 vaccines.

    The vaccination drive will prioritise high-risk groups, like the estimated 60,000 health workers.

    Meanwhile, the health authorities have reported the lowest number of Covid-19 deaths in the country between Tuesday and Wednesday since the beginning of this year.

    Two male patients aged between 57 and 58 died, bringing the total number of fatalities to 608.

    The country has so far recorded 56,920 cases since the pandemic started.

  4. Nanny by day, punch needle embroider by night

    South Africa's Nomvula Mxobane was introduced to punch needling by her employer Andel Olivier.

    Together, they now run a thriving small business using social media as their market place.

    Their Julie Baby Punch business has attracted other women who are learning how to punch to earn living.

    "It's like we are teaching other people you must do things with your hands. There's no job but you can create a job by yourself," Joana Banda one of the women punching says.

    The business was born during South Africa's first Covid-19 hard lockdown.

    "I was just sitting doing nothing ... I tried and got there and I loved it, it was not so easy but when I start to do it I see oh this is easy I can do it and then I go for it," Ms Mxobane says.

    Other nannies in the neighbourhood have joined her and they have secured big orders from interior designers with help from their employers.

    Here is her full interview with the BBC's Focus on Africa:

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    Video caption: The women making a business and creating jobs out of punch needling in South Africa
  5. Mixed reactions to Kenyan actor chance meet with president

    Social media users in Kenya have been giving mixed reactions to a footage of actor Pascal Tokodi having a chance meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

    In the footage shared on social media by the actor, he is seen slowing down his car and passing greetings to President Kenyatta - who was having a stroll near his official residence in the capital, Nairobi.

    It shows the president unaccompanied by his security detail.

    The actor then "seized the moment" and asked the president to watch a popular television show, Selina, that he co-stars. The president responded to the affirmative.

    Some social media commentators are critical of the actor, saying the chance encounter could have been better utilised.

    "You meet the PRESIDENT taking a walk and all you want him to do for you is to watch you on Selina Maisha Magic East? Kenyan youths have their priorities upside down and they want the PRESIDENT to appoint them into Government positions yet he knows they can't even pitch in 10secs," Abraham Mutai tweeted.

    Others said they saw nothing wrong with the actor promoting his show.

    "Pascal tokodi is a lead actor on selina, the show pays his bills, he met the president for less than 10seconds....he asked the president to watch selina and support his hustle, absolutely nothing wrong with that," Chege Githinji wrote.

  6. Why are there so many power cuts in South Africa?

    Alan Kasujja

    BBC Africa Daily

    Power Lines in South Africa.

    Power cuts can be such a pain, right?

    But, for many South Africans, they have become a part of day-to-day life: something that you’d expect, rather than something you’d be surprised by.

    “It’s got such a negative impact, especially in businesses”, says Tsholofelo Moeketsane, who has just started a new food business in Soweto, Johannesburg.

    “I cook, I use a lot of electricity. So, this on-and-off thing is quite frustrating, to say the least.”

    And the problem’s got so bad, that even President Cyril Ramaphosa has had to take action.

    In his State of the Nation address earlier this month, he confirmed the problem would persist for at least five years.

    But he also announced that his government would be buying emergency power from the private sector.

    So, why exactly is electricity giving South Africans such a headache?

    That’s what I’ve been looking into for Thursday’s edition of Africa Daily.

    Subscribe to the show on BBC Sounds or wherever you get your podcasts.

  7. Kenya bars runners from Tanzania marathon over virus fears

    Athletes at a marathon in Nairobi
    Image caption: Kenyan athletes have dominated previous editions of the race

    Kenya has denied its athletes clearance to compete at the Kilimanjaro Marathon in Tanzania over concerns about the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The IAAF-recognised race will be held early Sunday morning at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa.

    Kenyan athletes have dominated previous editions of the race.

    In a statement, Athletics Kenya urged "all athletes not to travel to Tanzania for the event".

    Tanzania has not been sharing data on the coronavirus situation in the country and until recently had been downplaying the pandemic.

    The World Health Organization early this week urged Tanzania to start reporting coronavirus cases and share its data.

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    The people of Myanmar watched a coup unfold on 1 February. But why are they scared?


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