BioNTech’s African mRNA factory, one billion COVID-19 shots in India, turtle population explodes
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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re talking about BioNTech building Africa’s first mRNA vaccine factory in Rwanda, India administering a billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines whilst injecting 5 million shots per day, and Cape Verde’s twenty-fold rise in sea turtle nests.
BioNTech to construct first African mRNA vaccine facility in Rwanda in 2022
In a joint agreement with the Rwandan government and Institut Pasteur de Dakar in Senegal, BioNTech will move forward on producing mRNA vaccines directly on African soil.
India administers 1 billionth COVID-19 vaccine
The subcontinent has produced 90% of its AstraZeneca vaccines domestically and is currently vaccinating 5 million people per day.
Boom time for Cape Verde’s sea turtles as conservation pays off
The number of nesting sites on the archipelago has risen dramatically, but global heating has seen the male population plummet. In the last 6 years the number of nests rose from 10,000 to 200,000.
Australian male football player comes out as gay
Josh Cavallo, Midfielder of Adelaide United, is now the only openly gay active male top-level professional worldwide and only one of few in football history.
France en route to pass law on minimum price for book deliveries
In an attempt to preserve domestic independent bookstores against increasing online competition, French lawmakers strive to level the playing field.
Australia commits to net zero emissions by 2050
The country with a conservative will surpass its greenhouse gas emission reduction targets by 2030, and has committed to more ambitious goals in spite of its history of coal mining.
COVID-19 ambassadors fight misinformation in US
Sedgwick County currently has a low vaccination rate, especially amongst Black communities. Residents are contacted by trained ambassadors considered to be their peers instead.
Brazilian Jiu-jitsu to reduce violence by US police officers
15 police departments in Marietta, Georgia, are trained on a weekly basis to reduce gun usage, overall use of violence, and situation deescalation during arrests.
The Marshall Project
Trauma-symptom therapy to treat victims of assault in Philadelphia
Healing Hurt People is a programme for people who experienced violence, which particularly focuses on the mental health of the patients by treating PTSD over a 12 month period.
Mobile devices are being used to identify fake medication worldwide
Entrepreneurs from Nigeria, Ghana and Finland have invented measures to ensure the validity of medication, either through a light-scanning device, a photo-app or validation through a mobile database.
Secret school educates Afghani women in Kabul’s underground
The young women continue their studies under the new Taliban regime in secret, determined to continue their education despite the restrictions for women.