1. Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Issue
As vaccinations against the coronavirus are progressing, an announcement has been made to halt the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. CNN reports that The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration are recommending that the United States pause the use of Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine over six reported US cases of a “rare and severe” type of blood clot. South Africa has also recently stopped the use of the vaccine.
2. Ghana’s Twitter Office
Congratulations Ghana! Africa News reports that Twitter announced Monday the recruitment of a team of eleven people in Ghana, with the intention of making the West African country its headquarters for the continent. “Today, in line with our growth strategy, we are pleased to announce that we are building a team in Ghana,” the company announced in a statement.”We need to further immerse ourselves in the rich and vibrant communities that set the tone in day-to-day discussions across the African continent,” it stressed.
3. Venezuela’s Frozen Funds
Venezuela wants to use the funds frozen by the U.S. Treasury to buy COVID-19 vaccines. Reuters reports that allies of opposition leader Juan Guaido have for months been in talks with state officials to buy vaccines through the COVAX program using funds frozen by the U.S. Treasury as part of sanctions against the government of President Nicolas Maduro.In 2019, Washington froze $342 million held by the Venezuelan central bank in the United States, as part of a sanctions program that sought to remove Maduro from power.