What is monkeypox? A microbiologist explains what’s known about this smallpox cousin

Monkeypox isn’t a new disease. The first confirmed human case was in 1970, when the virus was isolated from a child suspected of having smallpox in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Monkeypox is unlikely to cause another pandemic, but with COVID-19 top of mind, fear of another major outbreak is understandable. Though rare and usu...

By Rodney E. Rohde about 15 hours ago

Ukraine: A democratic South Africa needs to support sovereign national self-determination and oppose all imperial behaviour

South Africa has long and enthusiastically championed a multilateral order in which Big Powers are seen to submit to collective decision-making. Big Powers let loose from an international rules-based order are simply undesirable. Nelson Mandela lambasted George W. Bush for his invasion of Iraq. Similarly, South Africa should take Vladi...

By Paul-Henri Bischoff, Professor Emeritus in IR, Rhodes University about 1 month ago

COP26: experts react to the UN climate summit and Glasgow Pact

We asked experts from around the world for their reaction to the outcomes of this year’s UN climate summit, COP26, including the Glasgow Climate Pact agreed by all 197 countries attending the talks. Here’s what they had to say about the deals that were made. (This page will be updated as reactions come in.)

By Christina E. Hoicka et. al 6 months ago

Should I get the COVID-19 vaccine while pregnant or breastfeeding? Experts explain the safety, evidence and clinical trials

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, public health communications put a special focus on helping high-risk populations, such as seniors, stay safe. Yet, information for pregnant or breastfeeding individuals has been inconsistent and hard to find. Though most pregnant people who become ill with COVID-19 have mild symptoms, pregnancy does...

By Terra Manca and Karina A Top 10 months ago

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