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You are watching Africa 54, your daily news and feature magazine-style program, from the Voice of America. Host Esther Githui-Ewart and a team of correspondents zero in on the big stories making news on the continent and around the world with context and analysis.

Top Stories:

A South African biotech firm is seeking to plug a gap in the country's coronavirus testing capacity, which has undermined efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, a Ugandan innovator has come up with a plastic shield for motorcycles to protect both driver and passenger. The shield is seen as not just reducing body contact, which could spread the virus, but also added security for motorcycle taxi drivers.

Kenya's tourism industry has taken a huge hit in recent months with the closing of borders and grounding of many of its planes. Waiting for news of when they can fly again is becoming tough for some.

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a police reform bill that was sponsored by Congresswoman Karen Bass named after George Floyd, the African American man who died in police custody in Minnesota. The bill aims to address racial profiling and qualified immunity in place for law enforcement and a ban on chokeholds at a federal level among other provisions. In part two of a one-on-one interview with VOA’s Salem Solomon, Rep. Bass discusses why the bill is important to make lasting changes in law enforcement in the U.S. and what kind of impact it could have beyond the U.S.

News media reports President Donald Trump was briefed on Russian bounties awarded to the Taliban for the death of U.S. troops in Afghanistan continued to roil Washington Tuesday. U.S. lawmakers are pushing for answers after the white house said the president was not aware of that intelligence because it had not been verified.

A54 Technology: A Nigerian entrepreneur is contributing to a drastic change in Africa’s technology landscape. His ability to start multimillion-dollar tech companies, create jobs and solve the continent’s pressing challenges is going very well. Africa 54 Technology reporter Paul Ndiho has more.

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