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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.
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Zambia’s President Hakainde Hichilema concludes first White House visit, discusses reforms, democracy and COVID-19 with U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris

Zambia's President Hakainde Hichilema on Wednesday became the first African leader to visit the White House under the Biden administration, a decision a senior U.S. official described as a signal that the Biden administration supports democracy all over the world, including in Africa.

At U.S.-hosted COVID-19 summit, WHO Director General tells President Biden: we need 2 billion vaccine doses for low- and lower- middle income countries, ‘right...

The Director General of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom on Wednesday thanked U.S. President Joseph R. Biden Jr. for donating more vaccine doses to the world more than all other countries combined, adding that despite the generosity of the U.S. government, at least 2 billion doses are needed right now to hit vaccination targets.

U.S. announces $247 million in humanitarian assistance and $89 million in economic and development assistance to vulnerable Venezuelans

The United States on Wednesday announced $247 million in humanitarian assistance and $89 million in economic and development assistance to vulnerable Venezuelans.

Biden announces U.S. will donate an additional 500 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to lower-income countries and provide hundreds of millions of dollars to...

U.S. President Joseph R. Biden Jr. announced on Wednesday that the United States will purchase an additional 500 million COVID-19 vaccine doses from Pfizer-BioNtech and share them with lower-income countries via COVAX. With the new purchase, the United States plans to donate in total nearly 1.1 billion vaccine doses to the world to help beat the still raging pandemic.

Amnesty International asks White House to ‘do more’ to welcome refugees, admit at least 200,000 of them this fiscal year

“Communities across the United States are ready to welcome their new neighbors, yet the White House continues to lag behind those eager to make this country their new home," Paul O’Brien, the executive director of Amnesty International USA said in a statement on Monday. "At a time when thousands of Afghans have been forced to flee their home to find safety, and Haitians are seeking safety on the southern border, the very least the United States can do is set a resettlement goal that meets the moment: anything but a robust commitment to humanitarian protections for refugees and asylum-seekers is a dismal failure."

On crackdown anniversary, rights groups ask Cameroon to release political prisoners and respect right to peaceful assembly

He was rearrested on September 20, 2020, and was held under de facto house arrest until December 8, with heavy security apparatus outside his residence. The authorities never charged Kamto or provided an explanation for his house arrest.

U.S. to donate an additional 500 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to the world, allocations for Africa yet to be determined

The United States will purchase an additional 500 million COVID-19 vaccine doses from Pfizer-BioNtech and share them with the world, senior administration officials told reporters on Tuesday. With the new purchase, the United States plans to donate in total nearly 1.1 billion vaccine doses to the world to help beat the still raging pandemic.

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Zambia’s President Hakainde Hichilema concludes first White House visit, discusses reforms, democracy and COVID-19 with U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris

Zambia's President Hakainde Hichilema on Wednesday became the first African leader to visit the White House under the Biden administration, a decision a senior U.S. official described as a signal that the Biden administration supports democracy all over the world, including in Africa.

At U.S.-hosted COVID-19 summit, WHO Director General tells President Biden: we need 2 billion vaccine doses for low- and lower- middle income countries, ‘right...

The Director General of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom on Wednesday thanked U.S. President Joseph R. Biden Jr. for donating more vaccine doses to the world more than all other countries combined, adding that despite the generosity of the U.S. government, at least 2 billion doses are needed right now to hit vaccination targets.
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