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Sudan's slow pace of reform | No short cuts to COVID-19 vaccine

Posted by: The Conversation Global

Date: Wednesday, 08 July 2020


A year ago the people of Sudan were heralding the fall of former president Omar al-Bashir, the country’s long-serving strongman, following a sustained mass uprising. A host of grievances fanned the protests, among them endemic corruption, a struggling economy, human rights violations and a failed health system. Now the protesters have returned to the streets, demanding a greater role for civilians in the country’s transition towards democracy and faster reform. David E. Kiwuwa sets out how entrenched interests are standing in the way of change.

As cases of COVID-19 continue to increase, so too is the pressure of finding a safe and effective vaccine. But vaccine development is an intricate process involving carefully implemented ethical processes and procedures. Arinola O. Ganiyu warns that, in the search for a COVID-19 vaccine, no corners should be cut.

Julie Masiga

Peace + Security Editor

A Sudanese demonstrator at a protest in the capital Khartoum. Ashraf Shazily/AFP via Getty Images

Why protesters are fed up with Sudan’s tricky transition

David E Kiwuwa, University of Nottingham

The people are frustrated with a reform agenda that is unfolding at snail's pace.

A researcher wearing a face mask and gloves as a preventive measure inside a laboratory. Chaiwat Subprasom/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Pressure is on to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, but corners can’t be cut

Arinola O. Ganiyu, University of Ibadan

Vaccine development usually spans a number of decades. This is because there's a need to understand the mechanisms of protection against the pathogen, and to minimise adverse reactions.

Energy + Environment

Coconut oil production threatens five times more species than palm oil – new findings

Erik Meijaard, University of Kent

The coconut – an icon of unspoiled tropical idylls – causes more environmental harm than many people realise.

‘Renewable’ natural gas may sound green, but it’s not an antidote for climate change

Emily Grubert, Georgia Institute of Technology

Energy companies are marketing a new fuel: 'renewable' natural gas. But it's not the same from a climate change perspective as wind or solar energy.

Health + Medicine

Rare neurological disorder, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, linked to COVID-19

Sherry H-Y. Chou, University of Pittsburgh; Aarti Sarwal, Wake Forest University; Neha S. Dangayach, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

As if the symptoms of COVID-19 were not disturbing enough, physicians have noted a rare neurological condition that emerges during some severe cases of this viral infection.

Is the COVID-19 pandemic cure really worse than the disease? Here’s what our research found

Olga Yakusheva, University of Michigan

Putting a dollar value on human lives to compare the costs and benefits of stay-at-home orders can have unintended consequences. These researchers found a different way.

Politics + Society

How did ‘white’ become a metaphor for all things good?

Aradhna Krishna, University of Michigan

We want to be whitelisted and not blacklisted for jobs. White lies make stretching the truth okay, but you don't want to receive a black mark on your record.

Austerity in the Gulf states: why it’s alarming for women’s progress

Humaira Hansrod, University of Oxford

Gulf states have given women great education, but they are still very limited participants in the workplace.


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