Analysis & Opinion

A year of genomic surveillance reveals how the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic unfolded in Africa

“Although distorted by low sampling numbers and blind spots, the findings highlight that Africa must not be left behind in the global pandemic response, otherwise it could become a source for new variants.”

via Science

COVID-19 has made fighting inequality more critical than ever

“Change can be daunting, but it is far less scary than the alternative. Radical changes in government policy, in business behaviour and in our personal choices over the past 18 months demonstrate that previously unthinkable actions can be undertaken.”

via Financial Times

Why has COVID-19 had less of an impact in Africa?

“There has been an increase in COVID-19 deaths across Africa since mid-July 2021. But the impact of the pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa remains markedly lower compared to the Americas, Europe, and Asia.”

via Quartz Africa

Mixed fortunes for African agribusiness amid pandemic

“It is easy to be pessimistic about the impact of COVID-19 on African agribusiness but some players in the food supply chain have enjoyed great success over the past year.”

via African Business Magazine

Senegal: Vaccine Access and COVID-19

“Senegal needs greater capacity for pharmaceutical and vaccine manufacturing now and for the future. In the interim, it needs access to efficacious vaccines for its citizens. If this pandemic has taught us nothing else, it is that public health is global health. What happens in China, Senegal, or the United States can directly impact someone across the world.”

via African Arguments

The Intergenerational Mortality Tradeoff of COVID-19 Lockdown Policies

“In some countries, lockdowns can produce net increases in mortality. The optimal lockdowns are shorter and milder in poorer countries than in rich ones and never produce a net mortality increase.”

via World Bank

The Economic Case for Global Vaccinations

“A study commissioned by the International Chamber of Commerce Research Foundation has found that the global economy stands to lose as much as US$9.2 trillion if governments fail to ensure developing economy access to COVID-19 vaccines.”

via International Chamber of Commerce

Managing COVID-19 Funds: The Accountability Gap

“The main finding from our research is that governments are falling short of managing their fiscal policy response to the crisis in a transparent and accountable manner. More than two thirds of the governments we looked at, across many regions and income levels, have only provided limited or minimal levels of accountability in the introduction and implementation of their early fiscal policy responses.”

via International Budget Partnership

Africa’s COVID-19 passport lays the groundwork for controlling future disease outbreaks

“Despite being created to manage travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, the African Union’s COVID-19 passport can set in place a mechanism for controlling future pandemics and disease outbreaks in the continent.”

via Quartz Africa

What lessons can Africa learn from India’s COVID-19 crisis?

“The lessons from India’s experience are especially relevant to other developing countries, like those in Africa, that will not benefit from the shield of mass vaccination in the near term. The overarching lesson is that COVID-19 is a ‘complacency virus’; its surveillance and suppression must be continually adapted.”

via Brookings Institution