24 April 2021
Chad: The African Union's Peace and Security Council has waited until Idriss Déby Itno’s funeral was over before issuing its statement: it voices “grave concern” about the army taking power and putting Mahamat Déby Itno in charge. Power should be handed back to civilian authorities “expeditiously”.
23 April 2021
Malaria vaccine: Early trials indicate that a new vaccine from Oxford University is 77% effective, significantly better than the 50% of the only currently available malaria vaccine. Results published in The Lancet are based on trials involving 450 children in Burkina Faso. Larger-scale trials will now involve 4,800 children in Burkina, Mali, Kenya and Tanzania. This could be excellent news, should the further trials be conclusive: malaria kills more than 400,000 people each year.
BBC Africa Live 23 April 2021. 7:59
Somalia/(Chad)/AU: After meeting yesterday, the AU’s Peace and Security Council condemned the recent two-year term extension for Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo and called “on all Somali political leaders to exercise maximum restraint and refrain from any actions that may lead to an escalation of tensions and further undermine the stability of Somalia, the Horn of Africa region and the continent”.
The meeting had also discussed the situation in Chad after the putsch following Idriss Déby Itno’s death but the African Union issued no resolution on the question.
BBC Africa Live 23 April 2021. 5:04
Chad: National media have reported scuffles over their father’s succession between transition president Mahamat Déby and his step-brother Zakaria Idriss Déby, at the presidential palace on 21 April. Those in power have denied there was any shoot-out or quarrel, no doubt trying to present a united front. But the rivalry in the presidential family has been public knowledge for some time. The tensions inside family & Zaghawa could easily spill over into the army, which is known to be deeply divided.