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@JimC_HRH @GHWNetwork @readycat @MarsdenPa @MLMcIsaac @SioCFitz @WHO @WomenDeliver @Atul_Gawande @daktari1
@JimC_HRH @GHWNetwork @readycat @MarsdenPa @MLMcIsaac @SioCFitz @WHO @WomenDeliver @Atul_Gawande @daktari1 1/1 #WHA75 #Working4Health #USA "We are interested in co-sponsoring the resolution! The Biden Initiative will focus on protecting #healthworkforce, advancing digital tech, e.g. telemedicine and there must be equity" @USAIDGH @POTUS @Atul_Gawande @IFMSA
@JimC_HRH @GHWNetwork @readycat @MarsdenPa @MLMcIsaac @SioCFitz @WHO @WomenDeliver @Atul_Gawande @daktari1 1/2 #WHA75 #Working4Health #China "Welcomes the progress on the Global strategy on human resources for health: Workforce 2030 and is interested in co-sponsoring the resolution"
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LIVE with @DrTedros at the Partnership for African Vaccine Manufacturing - From Aspiration To Action event ⬇️

#VaccinEquity

@DrTedros "When we last spoke in April, #COVID19 vaccines had already been rolling out around the world for 4 months. Since then, some countries have managed to vaccinate the majority of their populations, and are well on their way to widespread coverage with boosters"-@DrTedros
@DrTedros "But back in April, most of the 🌍’s countries, including most African countries, did not have anywhere near enough vaccines to cover all #healthworkers, or all at-risk groups, never mind the rest of their populations. That remains the case"-@DrTedros
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@DrTedros "Today is a momentous day for global health. WHO’s Member States decided to embark on the process of drafting and negotiating a new convention, agreement or other intl. instrument on pandemic prevention, preparedness and response"-@DrTedros #WHASpecial
@DrTedros "The significance of this decision cannot be overstated. Just as countries have united in the past to adopt treaties against tobacco, nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, climate change and more..."-@DrTedros #WHASpecial #PandemicTreaty

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LIVE with @DrTedros on #WorldAIDSDay ⬇️

"The global #HIV epidemic has faded from the headlines, but it is not over. Far from it.

On #WorldAIDSDay, we commemorate those we have lost, and commit to protecting those at risk"-@DrTedros
@DrTedros "#WorldAIDSDay is one day a year, but almost 38 million people around the world live with #HIV every day"-@DrTedros
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WHO advice for international travel in relation to the new #COVID19 variant, Omicron bit.ly/3o7Xr1d Image
Countries should continue to apply an evidence-informed & risk-based approach when implementing travel measures in accordance with the International Health Regulations bit.ly/3o7Xr1d
Blanket travel bans will not prevent the international spread of #COVID19. They can instead adversely impact global health efforts during a pandemic by disincentivizing countries to report & share epidemiological and sequencing data bit.ly/3o7Xr1d Image
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"Everybody knows that pestilences have a way of recurring in the world… There have been as many plagues as wars in history, yet always plagues and wars take people equally by surprise"

-@DrTedros #WHASpecial
"Those words were written by the French writer Albert Camus in his classic novel La Peste – The Plague – in 1947. 74 years later, they have a disturbing prescience"-@DrTedros #WHASpecial

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🔴 Global #Omicron CASES
27 Nov 2021, 21.00

#Confirmed 99 (#Probable 1,010)
-SouthAfrica 83 (990)
-Botswana 6 (9)
-England 2
-HongKong 2
*-Italy 1
*-Israel 1 (7)
-Belgium 1

*-Germany 2 (1) (not in GISAID yet)
-Czech (1)

*new
@BNODesk @GISAID 1/
newsnodes.com/nu_tracker
-#SouthAfrica🇿🇦, had the 1st known #Omicron #B11529 variant samples discovered on 23 Nov 2021.

-#Botswana🇧🇼, was the 1st country with #OmicronVariant.

-#England🇬🇧, announced the first 2 cases today. They’d been travelling in Southern Africa. UK has ~500 daily SA travellers. 2/
-#HongKong🇭🇰, 1st 36YO asympt male had travelled in SA🇿🇦, 2nd 60YO male got it from him as airborne in quarantinehotel probably as P1 was using mask with valve (banned now). Both 2x BNT💉

-#Italy🇮🇹, P1 had travelled in #Mozambic🇲🇿, he had 2x💉. Asympt. 3/ napoli.repubblica.it/cronaca/2021/1…
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🔴Excellent 🧵 again from @trvrb👏

#OmicronVariant really seems weird, interesting and terrifying. #OpenData #OpenScience will save the world now. Global cooperation and openness. This is no time for ’normal’ greed (nationalism, 💉patents), as the globe and future are shared. 1/
What we can already say is that the world must be grateful to #SouthAfrica🇿🇦 #Botswana🇧🇼 @Tuliodna @ceri_news @nicd_sa, all experienced with #Sequencing (HIV, BetaVariant): THANK_YOU🌼.

Thank you for the quick #Omicron discovery and global alert. Thank you for your honesty.
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Like #China🇨🇳 in 2020, have 🇿🇦🇧🇼 been now extremely fast & open online, working by the principles of #OpenScience #OpenData. China solved in a week the #SARSCoV2 gen code publishing results online — allowing #US🇺🇸 to start vaccine development next week. 3/ mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/id… Image
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According to @GISAID gisaid.org/hcov19-variant…
The #B11529 variant #SARSCoV2 was detected in South Africa's Johannesburg area on Nov. 22, and swiftly came to dominate & spread to neighboring #Botswana & #HongKong .
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2/ The new #B11529 variant is highly mutated, compared to other forms of #SARSCoV2 . Some mutations (green) have no clear impact on viral activity. Others (orange) make the virus cling harder to human ACE2 receptors, escape immunity, etc. And (blue) there are inserted bits.
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3/ At the time this was posted, abt 50% of new cases in Gauteng, So Africa were #B11529 -- just 48 hours later that's jumped to 90+%. Here, from @GISAID are collection dates & %ages just pre-Thanksgiving. This is very rapid.
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La #variante"Nu" B.1.1.529: segue un thread con le poche info che abbiamo. Ma non c'è da andare nel panico, ve lo spiego. Iniziamo. 1/21
#COVID19
Le autorità sudafricane sono allarmate per la rapida diffusione di una nuova #variante che in tre settimane è passata dall'1 al 30% di casi, soppiantando la #Delta (attualmente predominante nel mondo). Vediamo di cosa si tratta. 2/21
Si tratta di una variante di #SARSCoV2 emersa per la prima volta l’11 novembre 2021 a seguito di tre rilevamenti in #Botswana. 3/21
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What do we know about the B.1.1.529 variant of SARS-CoV-2 with a very large number of mutations
An updated thread on emerging evidence. Image
B.1.1.529 is a newly designated variant of SARS-CoV-2 github.com/cov-lineages/p…
This would not have been possible without the exemplary work of researchers in Africa who have sequenced and deposited the genomes in public domain which forms the basis of this variant designation.
The lineage (variant) is characterized by 32 conserved spike mutations A67V Δ69-70 T95I G142D/Δ143-145, Δ211/L212I ins214EPE G339D S371L S373P S375F K417N N440K G446S S477N T478K E484A Q493K G496S Q498R N501Y Y505H T547K D614G H655Y N679K P681H N764K D796Y N856K Q954H N969K L981F
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Daily Bookmarks to GAVNet 11/14/2021 greeneracresvaluenetwork.wordpress.com/2021/11/14/dai…
This mineral shouldn’t exist on Earth’s surface. But researchers found it inside a diamond.

usatoday.com/story/news/nat…

#diamonds #minerals #discovery #botswana #davemaoite
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🥃 🧵 This is #Botswana, where all human life began. Today it is a stable, well-functioning democracy w/ the highest standard of living and lowest corruption in Africa.

And the country likely wouldn’t exist without alcohol prohibition.

A #LiquorThread. 🥃 🧵 1/
For decades since its independence in 1966, Botswana was an island of black sovereignty & stability between apartheid South Africa and white-supremacist Rhodesia. Some say it was the inspiration for #Wakanda in the movie #BlackPanther. 2/

thestranger.com/slog/2018/03/1…
But to understand the political origins of this real Kalahari country, we need to examine the colonial history of what was then known as Bechuanaland...

and how booze was the lifeblood of European colonization. 3/
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In addition to conducting the #science underpinning evidence-based #conservation tools, Taronga also supports their roll out. For example, Taronga supports a #carnivore #coexistence officer, Tshepo Ditlhabang, on @BPCTrust’s “Re Mmôgô” project in #Botswana #ScienceWeek Image
This #coexistence officer provides the community with access to evidence-based #HWC mitigation tools, including eye-cow, and is working to provide protective livestock collars, and flashing lights (#lionlights) at overnight enclosures. Image
While deterring hungry #carnivores, flashing lights also deter #elephants, themselves a major cause of #HWC but also a vital part of the ecosystem. Research led by @TempeAdams at Elephants without borders showed lights deterred field incursions doi.org/10.1017/S00306… Image
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One approach to reducing #HWC and its impacts is to develop tools that promote human-wildlife #coexistence. An eye-catching project conceived by Taronga scientist @HWConflict is one such example. #ScienceWeek PC: Bobby-Jo Vial. Image
By hijacking a common anti-predator signal and applying it in a novel context in #Botswana, the team were able to reduce livestock losses to #lions. nature.com/articles/s4200… PC: Bobby-Jo Vial. Image
The eye-cow approach was very successful in reducing predation by #lions, and Taronga produced detailed “how-to” guides to using the technique with locally available resources, prompting interest and subsequent trials in Peru, USA, India, and Kenya. carnivorecoexistence.info/african-carniv…
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BRIEF INTRODUCTION OF THE SITUATION- a thread🧵 Did you know that Canadian fossil fuel company ReconAfrica is trying to drill for oil in the sensitive Okavango watershed, upstream of the world-famous #OkavangoDelta ?
ReconAfrica is a Canadian-registered junior oil and gas company that wants to open up a huge, new sedimentary basin in Namibia and Botswana called the Kavango Basin. They have started exploratory drilling in the Kavango region in northeastern Namibia. MAP @NatGeo
ReconAfrica’s license areas, one in #Namibia and one in #Botswana, cover a total of 34,325 sq kms. These licensed areas lie over part of the Okavango River Basin and border the Okavango River, which together feed into the Okavango Delta. un.org/Depts/Cartogra…
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#COVID_SSA Week 61 UPDATE to 8/5/21 – 36,291 new #COVID19 cases last week (-12% on Week 61) and 973 deaths (-4%). W Africa now -70% below peak for new cases, Central -5%, E -64% and Southern -89%. THREAD👉 for more details @NIHRglobal @AfricaCDC 1/10> 👉
39/ 46 sub-Saharan African countries have had a resurgent 2nd wave, which 28 have suppressed. #Congo #Kenya #Mali are in a 3rd wave.
#Botswana has yet to control W1
Last week
- the long 1st wave in #Togo peaked
- #Djibouti suppressed its 2nd wave
- #Congo entered 3rd wave
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Seven countries reported >1,500 cases last week
#SouthAfrica 11,975 (+41%)
#Ethiopia 4,155 (-42%)
#Kenya 3,185 (-15%)
#Cameroun 2,696 (+20%*)
#CaboVerde 1,984 (-2%)
#Angola 1,622 (+23%)
#Madagascar 1,578 (-22%)
* Trend from 2 week rolling average (intermittent reporting)
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THREAD #COVID_SSA Weekly UPDATE (W46). Sub-Saharan Africa's 46 countries recorded 171,674 new cases (⬇️-2%) and 4,913 (⬆️+14%) deaths last week. We now classify 24 countries with 'resurgent transmission'. 4 more have yet to control their 1st wave @NIHRglobal
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11 countries reported >1,500 cases last week
#SouthAfrica 111,483
#Zambia 9,507
#Nigeria 9,880
#Zimbabwe 6,382
#Mozambique 4,501
#Malawi 3,478
#Ethiopia 2,980
#Namibia 2,475
#Senegal 1,738
#Eswatini 1,556
#RDCongo 1,534

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13 countries recorded their highest ever number of weekly cases
#Burundi 300
#Chad 345
#Comoros 427
#RDCongo 1,534
#Eritrea 321
#Malawi 3,479
#Mozambique 4,501
#Rwanda 1,389
#Senegal 1,738
#Eswatini 1,556
#Togo 340
#Zambia 9,507
#Zimbabwe 6,382

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This is a great photograph.
Basically the lobbying from these #Basotho chiefs kept #Lesotho, #eSwatini, and #Botswana out of the Union of South Africa and allowed for their contemporary #independence. (Names of chiefs in next tweets from Morija below the pic)
It should also be noted that the fact that these three territories were NOT incorporated in 1909 made it *much* harder for the apartheid regime to implement full apartheid via its Homelands/Bantustan plans. These plans *always* had Botswana/Swai/Lesotho playing a key role...
...with South Africa assuming that leaders in the three countries would simply accept their role as minor ethnic states in South Africa's orbit. With the support of the international community, all three resisted this (to differing degrees, of course).
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THREAD

In Africa there are 54 countries , each one of them with unique architecture and design that represent the cultural identity and history of the people.

54 days , 54 projects one for every African nation .

I’ll start with Morocco I’ll ended in western sahara.

Enjoy Image
Day 1.

Morocco .

This 18th-Century Home renovated in the historical center of Essaouira it is an incredible example of traditional Moroccan architecture .

A traditional house renovated and decorated with a contemporary touch.

Between tradition and modernity. ImageImageImageImage
Designed by the French painter Jacques Majorelle the garden was created over the course of forty years, and consists of a labyrinth of crisscrossing alleyways on different levels and boldly-coloured buildings that blend both Art Deco and Moorish influences.

An hidden beauty ImageImageImageImage
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22/09 > #CoVid19 : les personnes asymptomatiques peuvent être plus contagieuses qu'on ne le pensait bit.ly/3iXHgOP via @newscientist #LaMethSci Image
[L’étude à découvrir] > Charge virale des voies respiratoires supérieures chez les individus asymptomatiques et les patients légèrement symptomatiques atteints d'une infection par le #SARSCoV2 bit.ly/33SEvYT via @ThoraxBMJ #LaMethSci
22/09 > #Airbus dévoile 3 modèles d’avions à hydrogène pour des vols zéro émission d’ici 2035 bit.ly/2RPEJdV via @TrustMyScience #LaMethSci Image
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#Lions less likely to attack cattle with eyes painted on their backsides theconversation.com/lions-are-less… via
@TC_Africa
Great to have this work out on #worldlionday2020 #humanwildlifeconflict #coexistence with
@camthera @BPCTcamp @TraceyLRogers @tarongazoo @UNSWScience @unswbees
Congratulations to @camthera in particular (@CES_UNSW & @EERC_UNSW), on his first #PhD publication in @CommsBio nature.com/articles/s4200…
#HumanWildlifeConflict is a major cause of #lion and #largecarnivore decline, and it's exciting to contribute a potential tool to the #nonlethal toolkit that might help to foster #coexistence.
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Technically, #Botswana was not colonized. It was a protectorate.

@BWGovernment is Africa’s longest surviving democracy and has blossomed since independence with a stable and prosperous economy.

More: buff.ly/3h6Is0Z Image
Water is so valued in Botswana that their currency is called the ‘pula’, which means ‘rain’ or ‘blessing’ in Setswana, the national language.

It is home to the world’s largest concentration of African elephants, of which the highest concentration is found in Chobe National Park.
Botswana holds a number of world records including the world’s largest salt pans, the world’s largest inland delta, and the world’s shortest border with Zambia; only 150 meters long. #HistoryVille

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