The Philippines has received 600,000 vaccine doses from China, kickstarting the country's inoculation drive despite concerns over the Sinovac jab's effectiveness. President Rodrigo Duterte, whose government has been under fire over delays in procuring vaccines, oversaw the delivery of the doses at a military air base.
Our guest is Paulin Basinga, Director of Health, Africa for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He says the "resilience" of people and health programmes in place across Africa mean both Ebola and the coronavirus can and will be tackled. Basinga spoke to us as Guinea is dealing with a new outbreak of Ebola which has caused at least six deaths and as many other African countries are still dealing with Covid-19. He says the experience of tackling a variety of health issues means the continent has an advantage in knowing how to treat and contain such problems.
Nigerian hospitals struggle under growing numbers of coronavirus cases as the wait for vaccines continue. According to a study, around one in five people in Lagos have had Covid-19, well above the official national infection figures. Meanwhile in Niger, ruling party candidate Mohamed Bazoum is declared the winner of the presidential run-off. Supporters of his rival take to the streets with accusations of fraud. And as the world rushes to source Covid-19 vaccines, Guinea launches an Ebola immunisation drive in response to a fresh outbreak.
Wealthy countries were quick to snatch up Covid-19 vaccines from Western companies, leaving low-income ones to look elsewhere. Enter China and India. Both nations are racing to fill international orders of their locally-made vaccines, though sometimes strings are attached. For more, we speak to Yanzhong Huang from the Council on Foreign Relations.
We look at early reactions to the military's takeover in Myanmar and a second weekend of protests in support of Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny. Papers in the UK express their concern over the hospitalisation of Captain Tom Moore, a 100-year-old war veteran who became a national treasure after raising money for the National Health Service. And a Swedish nurse is spending seven days watching films on a remote island as the sole in-person attendee of this year's Gothenburg Film Festival!