WE'RE not ones to let a small thing like a global pandemic get in our way, so Fabulous Challenges is back. We have a new date for our trek to the beautiful ancient city of Petra in Jordan in aid of Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust – and you can join us! With the UK’s vaccination programme in full swing, participants should be fully jabbed before they take part in our adventure now on November 13-20, 2021. And it also means you have lots of time to fundraise and train for the 47-mile hike. If you bag a spot on the trek, you’ll take in the wonders of Jordan by journeying through deserts and valleys, before reaching the stunning city of Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the World . The city is carved into rose-pink mountains and dates back to 300BC. After the trek, you’ll get to float in the restorative waters of the Dead Sea, and you’ll even sleep under the stars in a traditional Bedouin campsite. There will also be the chance to explore the culture of Amman. … [Read more...] about Join Fabulous Challenges’ trek to Petra in aid of Jo’s Trust with celebrity captains Amber Gill and Scarlett Moffatt
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The Australian government may have only halted a couple of small joint-infrastructure projects with China, but the response from Beijing to the decision was one of rage and threats. The Chinese embassy in Canberra called the halt "unreasonable and provocative" and vowed revenge. Canberra stepped in last year to pass a law that allows the federal government to overrule agreements made by Australian states with foreign countries. The decision followed deals signed by the state of Victoria in 2018 and 2019 to cooperate with China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) — often dubbed the New Silk Road — a massive infrastructure plan that aims to smooth trade links with dozens of countries. Foreign Minister Marise Payne said the deals were incompatible with Australia's foreign policy and were not legally binding. The cancellation could also mean an end to further Sino-Australian cooperation in the fields of industrial production, biotechnology and agriculture. Loss of face for China … [Read more...] about Cracks appear in China’s New Silk Road
Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta announced on Friday tightening restrictions in the capital Nairobi and four surrounding hard-hit counties. "The death rate is devastating by all measures, and the stress the pandemic is placing on our health system is unparalleled," Kenyatta said in a televised address as the East African country stands on the brink of a third wave. "Between January and February three people died every day from COVID. In March 2021, the number has gone up to seven every day, the highest since this pandemic hit us,'' he said. The restrictions include a pause on all movement into or from Nairobi, Kajiado, Machakos, Nakuru and Kiambu. Public gatherings are banned, and an evening curfew will be imposed to last from 8 p.m. until 4 a.m. in the affected counties. Kenyatta also called on those eligible for the first round of vaccination to get the jab. He and his wife received the AstraZeneca vaccine. Kenya received 1.02 million doses of the AstraZeneca jab through … [Read more...] about Coronavirus digest: Nairobi goes into partial lockdown
Most African countries rely on COVAX, the World Health Organization (WHO) program built to ensure poor countries have equitable access to vaccines to combat the pandemic, for their vaccine supply. The main supplier, the Serum Institute of India (SII) produces the two-shot AstraZeneca vaccine. But increased domestic demand for doses in India, where the pandemic is currently surging out of control, has interrupted supplies being flown out for COVAX. Ahmed Ogwell, deputy director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), called the AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute in India the "backbone." "The early part of the vaccine campaigns on the continent were really anchored on the delivery of doses from the Serum Institute in India," he told DW. COVAX has also been elbowed out of the market by rich countries striking their own deals with manufacturers, surging ahead in immunizing their citizens. Watch video 01:26 … [Read more...] about Africa scrambles as India vaccine export ban bites region
The controversial Russian coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V has now been approved in 60 countries worldwide, and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) is still reviewing it. In Brazil, however, Sputnik V will not receive approval for the time being. During testing of the vaccine, the state drug agency Anvisa found indications that the vector virus "Adenovirus 5" used in the second vaccination is not inactive and can therefore multiply. This could be dangerous, especially for people with weak immune systems, because if the cold virus used as a carrier was not inactivated, then the patient is virtually directly injected with the pathogen and becomes ill, warned US virologist Angela Rasmussen of the Center for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University on Twitter. Was there sloppiness in manufacturing? Sputnik V — like the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson product — is a vector vaccine. When used properly, these vector vaccines are very reliable and much … [Read more...] about Brazil: Was there sloppiness with the Sputnik V COVID vaccine?