Analysis & Opinion

Africa could produce a COVID-19 vaccine sooner than you think

“Current vaccine makers would still need to be willing to share their knowledge with new producers. But no country that invested in COVID-19 vaccine production made this kind of knowledge sharing, often called technology transfer, a requirement of their funding, at least to the public’s knowledge.”

via Mail & Guardian

Western Warnings Tarnish COVID-19 Vaccines the World Badly Needs

“African health officials have reacted with fury at the breezy reassurances of American and European lawmakers that people denied the AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson shots could be given another vaccine. In much of the world, there are no other vaccines.”

via New York Times

Dr. Dennis Carroll: How Can We Prevent the Next Pandemic?

“The viruses that we do know are only those that have already caused great harm, but we know that that’s less than 1 percent of all the viruses that have that same potential. Those viruses are currently circulating in wildlife today. The next pandemic, the next epidemic virus already exists.”

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

COVID-19 in Africa: Youth at the Fore

“Young volunteers leading COVID-19 campaigns are connecting with and engaging local leaders—women’s groups, teachers, priests, imams, village heads, healers, and elders—in their communities. Together they are devising microsolutions needed to isolate patients, care for the ill, implement social distancing within existing conditions, and support families in distress.”

via African Arguments

Inequalities in Global Distribution Drive Risk of Fake COVID-19 Vaccines in Africa

“The unequal global distribution of COVID-19 vaccines could spur the trade in fake doses in Africa — a hotspot for counterfeit medicines, analysts warned on Friday, citing the seizure of falsified vaccination shots in South Africa.”

via Global Citizen

Kenya: The urgent search for life-saving medical oxygen

“In a recent survey of emergency care centres across Kenya, over 30 percent of the facilities did not have a regular supply of oxygen. Close to 90 percent of those with oxygen did not have piped oxygen in the emergency department and delivered oxygen directly from the tanks to the patient.”

via The Star

Esther Krofah: Vaccines, Variants, and Lessons for the Next Pandemic

Esther Krofah, executive director of FasterCures, talks to COVID-19 Africa Watch about the public health lessons learned so far from the COVID-19 pandemic.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Sovereign Debt: A Critical Challenge

“Today, the earlier fear of a dangerous lack of liquidity has been replaced in large part by concerns about the ability of the international financial architecture to support countries with increasing levels of debt and uncertain access to capital. One worrisome aspect seems clear: Many countries will require debt relief in the next few years if they are to maintain or restore access to financial flows. Higher interest rates in advanced economies, and the United States in particular, could compound the difficulties of emerging market countries in servicing existing debt and refinancing maturing debt.”

via Bretton Woods Committee

The Pfizer vaccines are coming. Is South Africa’s cold chain ready?

“More than 9-million COVID-19 vaccines are heading for South Africa between April and June, but no companies have yet been put in charge of distributing the jabs nationally.”

via Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism

Sub-Saharan Africa: The devastating impact of conflicts compounded by COVID-19

“Across the region, the devastating impact of armed conflict in countries such as Ethiopia, Mozambique, Cameroon, and Nigeria, was compounded by the pandemic as a number of states weaponized it to crack down on human rights. The crackdowns included killings of civilians and arrests of opposition politicians and supporters and human rights defenders and activists in countries such as Angola, Guinea, and Uganda.”

via Amnesty International