Analysis & Opinion

Should Donated COVID-19 Vaccines Count as ODA?

“It is difficult to think of a more urgent global priority and it is surely a best buy in international development. But does that mean that these vaccine donations should count as official development assistance (ODA)? That’s an active debate in the halls of the Development Assistance Committee, which set the rules on what counts as ODA.”

via Center for Global Development

Sub-Saharan Africa’s Agriculture and COVID-19: How the Pandemic Will (re)Shape Food Markets

“The impact of COVID-19, together with other shocks such as locusts, fall armyworm and climate change, suggests the need for policymakers to be agile in their responses to multi-layered crises. The era of heightened uncertainty, volatility and complexity resulting from these multiple crises, with COVID-19 being a key turning point, calls for a fundamental change to the governance and architecture of sub-Saharan Africa’s food systems.”

via SAIIA

A Global Warning System: Mobilizing Surveillance for Emerging Pathogens

“The pandemic revealed significant gaps in early warning capabilities to detect and respond to emerging pathogens before they cause global harm. Given the current situation, how can we leverage existing systems and emerging technologies to better characterize the various risk factors that could signal the next pandemic?”

via Milken Institute

Risk of COVID-19 surge threatens Africa’s health facilities

“As the risk of a surge in COVID-19 cases increases, African countries must urgently boost critical care capacity to prevent health facilities from being overwhelmed. This comes as vaccine shipments to the continent grind to a near halt.”

via WHO Africa

South Africa is not reaching herd immunity. Our new goal is containment.

“South Africa was aiming to immunise 41-million people by the end of the year in order to reach herd immunity, the point at which COVID-19 was no longer spreading. But this level of community protection is hard to achieve when the goal posts keep moving with the emergence of new variants.”

via Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism

How Ethiopian Airlines provided a vaccine lifeline

“So far, Ethiopian Airlines has carried more than 27m vaccines to 24 countries. It has a 54,000 sq m freezer facility in Addis Ababa for COVID-19 vaccines that can keep the temperature at -25C, and is developing a facility to make enough ice to keep vaccines ultra-cold when needed.”

via Financial Times

What will it cost to end the pandemic?

“A new paper argues that it’s possible to end the ‘acute phase’ of the pandemic early next year by vaccinating 60% of the population of every country.”

via The Economist

At home with the Batwa people of Uganda: A photo essay

“Paid tours are what is left for the Batwa to continue their traditional ways as they did in the forest. The COVID-19 blow to tourism has greatly affected the incomes of many performers in the settlements.”

via The Guardian (UK)

Frontier Debt Shines as Unlikely Haven in World of Rising Rates

“In terms of geography, money managers who specialize in frontier assets are almost united in favoring Africa, saying the region will benefit the most from rising raw material prices.”

via Bloomberg

China’s vaccine outreach in Africa is falling short of Beijing’s pledges

“A number of Chinese pharmaceutical companies have developed COVID-19 vaccines which have been distributed domestically, as well as sold and donated overseas. But recent data show that China’s involvement in Africa’s vaccine programs, through donations and sales, has been the slowest among all regions where its vaccines are in use.”

via Quartz Africa