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South Africa: Behind the Scenes – How the First 500 000 Vaccine Doses Administered in SA Were Secured

May 17, 2021
On 1 February 2021, a million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine produced by the Serum Institute of India arrived at OR Tambo International Airport. Everything seemed set for the country’s vaccine rollout to kick off two or so weeks later. But just a few days later on 7 February, the devastating news came that

South Africa: Covid-19 Variants – First Detected in India and UK – Hit South African Shores

May 9, 2021
South Africa’s Health Ministry has officially confirmed the presence of the B.1.617.2 variant of Covid-19, which was discovered in India, and another variant first detected in the UK. Minister Zweli Mkhize says new variant threats are a concern and the government is discussing potential travel regulations, following ‘appropriate consultations’. On the evening of Saturday 8

Kamala Harris Makes History As First Vice President With Figure In Madame Tussauds Wax Museum | National

May 6, 2021
Kamala Harris will become the first vice president to be immortalized in New York’s famous Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, which is slated to unveil her likeness and that of President Joe Biden later this year, according to NBC News. The museum released a sneak peek of developing images of Harris and Biden, which were done

Africa: Green Africa First Aircraft Arrives in Lagos

April 26, 2021
Upcoming Nigerian carrier, Green Africa, has announced the arrival of its first ATR 72-600 aircraft into Lagos. The airline said this was the first of the three aircraft currently leased from ACIA Aero Leasing. The carrier recently unveiled the delivery of two aircraft (5N-GAE and 5N-GAA) and the third aircraft (5N-GAD) is also now beautifully

The Pentagon, First, Last, and Always – BillMoyers.com

March 5, 2021
Two U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles assigned to the 331st Expeditionary Fighter Squadron fly over Southwest Asia, Feb. 24, 2021. The F-15E is a dual-role fighter designed to perform air-to-air and air-to-ground missions day or night in all weather conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bryan Guthrie)This article originally appeared on TomDispatch.com.

Swaziland King Admits Kingdom Fails to Be a First World Nation

February 20, 2021
King Mswati III, the absolute monarch of Swaziland (eSwatini), has admitted his poverty-stricken kingdom will not attain ‘First World’ status by 2022. He had been claiming this was possible for many years. The King in a speech opening the Swazi Parliament on Friday (19 February 2021) blamed the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic for the failure. He

VP Kamala Harris Discusses Reopening Schools In First Interview Since Being Sworn Into Office

February 18, 2021
The Biden-Harris administration is facing increasing pressure to reopen schools as the battle against the coronavirus continues. In Vice President Kamala Harris’ first interview since being sworn into office, she detailed the plan to reopen safely.  In a Feb. 17 virtual sit down with Savannah Guthrie on Today, Harris said, “Our goal is that, as

Africa: Ethiopian Airlines Delivers Africa’s First Covid Vaccines

February 7, 2021
The Ethiopian Airlines on Saturday announced that it has delivered the first Covid-19 vaccine shipment to Africa. In a statement sent to the Nation, the award winning and largest airline in Africa said the vaccine delivery flight was made Saturday, February 6, 2021 from Beijing to N’Djamena via Addis Ababa. “We are glad that we

African Union Holds First Virtual Summit Today

February 6, 2021
The African Union (AU) will from midday today host its first virtual summit in Addis Ababa at which DRC’s Felix Antoine Tshisekedi will take over as chairperson, and elections of the AU Commission (AUC) will be held. While the AUC Commission chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat of Chad is set to return unopposed at this 34th

Insurrection Timeline – First the Coup and Then the Cover-Up

January 13, 2021
WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 06: A police officers in riot gear is seen on the U.S. Capitol as protesters enter the building on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Trump supporters gathered in the nation’s capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election.

Jon Ossoff lost the first big race of the Trump era and won the last. There’s a lesson here

January 9, 2021
Daily Kos was an early backer of Ossoff’s 2017 run for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, raising $400,000 for his campaign in a week. “We didn’t know how our community and how progressives in general were feeling,” Daily Kos Political Director David Nir recently told The New York Times. “Did the grass roots want to get

Health team will oversee ‘100 million shots’ in first 100 days

December 8, 2020
The WeekFox’s Lou Dobbs berates Stephen Miller for the White House not jumping on Ted Cruz’s Supreme Court offerThings don’t appear to be going well for President Trump’s increasingly desperate attempt to erase his loss to President-elect Joe Biden. Trump currently trails by 7.1 million votes and 4.4 percentage points, the Electoral College will meet

Samoa braces for first possible COVID-19 case

November 18, 2020
The small island nation of Samoa has had its first brush with coronavirus since the pandemic started after a sailor on the island tested positive. The unidentified man, who arrived in Samoa from New Zealand last Friday, tested positive Tuesday night, the New Zealand Herald reported. A second test came back negative Wednesday morning, but

First rapid at-home COVID-19 test approved by FDA

November 17, 2020
The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved the first rapid at-home COVID-19 test. The FDA granted emergency use authorization to the 30-minute test kit from California-based manufacturer Lucira Health. The test is prescription-only and solely approved for those 14 and older. “This new testing option is an important diagnostic advancement to address the pandemic

Obama on ’60 Minutes’ tells Trump to ‘put country first,’ concede

November 16, 2020
Former President Barack Obama urged President Trump to put the country first and concede the election to Joe Biden during a “60 Minutes” interview that aired Sunday night. “My advice to President Trump is, if you want at this late stage in the game to be remembered as somebody who put country first, it’s time for

First cruise ship to resume on Caribbean has COVID outbreak

November 13, 2020
There are even more cases of COVID-19 aboard that first cruise ship to venture into the Caribbean since March. Five people on the SeaDream 1 cruise ship have tested positive for the coronavirus, the ship’s captain has told passengers, CNN reported Thursday night. News of the first passenger catching the virus broke Wednesday. The ship

Texas becomes first US state to exceed 1 million COVID-19 cases

November 11, 2020
Texas has become the first US state to exceed 1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins University early Wednesday. The Lone Star State has now recorded 1,010,364 coronavirus cases with 19,337 deaths since the pandemic began in early March, the figures show. The morbid milestone comes after the nation’s second-most populous

Young Americans came out in droves to cast first-time votes—and it’s having quite the impact

November 5, 2020
More than a week before the election, data showed that at least 7 million voters between the ages of 18-29 already voted, compared to 1.9 million in the age group who voted in 2016. “With a week of early voting (when the data was collected) and Election Day still to come, in Texas, Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, Arizona,

From her secret identity to how Joe Biden’s wife could become first career First Lady, everything you need to know

October 20, 2020
Jill Biden could become first first lady to have full-time job outside White House (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)She may be on the verge of becoming America’s first lady if her husband wins the White House, but don’t expect Dr Jill Biden to give up her teaching career.For Dr Biden, who has four

The Beastie Boys Ad License A Song For The First Time Ever To Support Joe Biden

October 19, 2020
The Beastie Boys granted their first-ever ad song license for an ad, and it was to support Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Variety reported: The Beastie Boys had never before licensed any of their songs for an advertisement, but that commercial blackout came to an end during Sunday’s Steelers/Browns game when the sounds of “Sabotage”

Democrats highlight Black Lives Matter on first night of convention

August 18, 2020
But the movement for Black lives was present throughout the night, not confined to a single moment. Nominees don’t usually appear until the final night of a convention, when they accept the nomination, but Joe Biden appeared Monday night in a recorded conversation about systemic racism with Gwen Carr, the mother of Eric Garner; Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot;

Kamala Harris, Biden’s V.P. Pick, Is First Woman of Color on Major Party Ticket

August 11, 2020
Joseph R. Biden Jr. selected Senator Kamala Harris of California as his vice-presidential running mate on Tuesday, embracing a former rival who sharply criticized him in the Democratic primaries but emerged after ending her campaign as a vocal supporter of Mr. Biden and a prominent advocate of racial-justice legislation after the death of George Floyd

Biden reassures voters in first Texas ad as coronavirus cases surge

July 16, 2020
Specifically, House Democrats’ campaign arm reserved nearly $1.25 million in ad space, of which about $250,000 went to Spanish-language ads. As recently as May, the DCCC hadn’t included Texas in an initial $18.3 million ad buy, although a Pelosi-aligned Super PAC had dropped $2.2 million in Houston in April. The buys will likely serve the dual

How the U.S. Navy’s First Black Officers Helped Reshape the American Military

May 26, 2020
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the United States victory over Germany and Japan in World War II, and the celebrations, the movies and the memorials will focus on the battlefields of Europe and the Pacific. But one of the most consequential battles of the war did not take place overseas. It was waged…

Massachusetts Becomes the First State to Ban Flavored Tobacco and Vaping Products

December 7, 2019
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts became the first state to ban flavored tobacco and nicotine vaping products, including menthol cigarettes, after Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law on Wednesday a bill that’s meant to reduce the appeal of the products to young people amid a rash of illnesses and deaths linked to vaping. Anti-smoking groups…

He’s the First African American to Receive a Face Transplant. His Story Could Change Health Care

October 27, 2019
Robert Chelsea turned down the first face he was offered. It was a fine face, one that could have taken him off the transplant waiting list after just a couple months. But Chelsea—severely disfigured after a catastrophic car accident five years earlier—was in no hurry. He’d gotten used to tilting his head back so food…

I Ran the VA Under President Trump Until He Fired Me. Our First Trump Tower Meeting Was a Job Interview Unlike Any Other

October 25, 2019
David Shulkin, a physician and former healthcare executive, was an under secretary at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs under President Obama and the Secretary of the VA under President Trump. In March 2018, he was abruptly fired amid charges of improperly accepting gifts and misusing taxpayer funds for personal travel. Shulkin has consistently denied…

Montgomery, Ala., Elects Steven Reed, Its First Black Mayor

October 21, 2019
U.S.|Montgomery, Ala., Elects Steven Reed, Its First Black MayorVoters chose Mr. Reed, a probate judge, to lead a majority-black city almost 200 years after it was incorporated.ImageSteven L. Reed delivered his acceptance speech after being elected as mayor of Montgomery, Ala., on Tuesday.CreditCreditLynsey Addario for The New York TimesOct. 8, 2019MONTGOMERY, Ala. — On the…

Robin Roberts: The first on-air black anchorwoman for ESPN.

September 9, 2018
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Dr. William H. Sinkler: First African American Appointed as Surgical Procedure Expert

September 9, 2018
New Publish has been posted on Black Then Dr. William H. Sinkler: First African American to be Appointed as A specialist in Chest Surgical procedure Dr. William H. Sinkler was the primary African American to be appointed as a specialist in chest surgical procedure. He additionally served as scientific director at Homer G. Phillips Health