Analysis & Opinion

In Return to Global Health Multilateralism, U.S. Joins COVAX at a Critical Moment

U.S. support for COVAX and other initiatives could prove to be critical in the global effort to end the devastation caused by COVID-19.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Managing COVID-19’s Impact on Africa’s Sovereign Debt: An Interview with Danny Leipziger

COVID-19 Africa Watch talks to Danny Leipziger, Professor of International Business at the George Washington University, about debt and debt relief amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

As the world moves on with inoculations, region’s vaccine strategy remains unclear

“As countries around the world that are already vaccinating their citizens against COVID-19 debate doses and time frames to protect efficacy, African countries are still struggling to come up with strategies, or not considering any at all.”

via The East African

A game changer for social protection? Six reflections on COVID-19 and the future of cash transfers

“The COVID-19 temporary cash transfers are helping; but they operate alongside preexisting structural gaps in social protection. Whether the pandemic can be a game changer for addressing such gaps may depend on how the crisis affects six factors inhibiting coverage pan out in different contexts.”

via World Bank

Which African Countries Will Get COVID-19 Vaccines in 2021, and from Where?

“The good news on vaccines is that a month ago, only 8 countries had put aside finance to ordering vaccines. Today, 21 countries have pre-ordered vaccines, and we know for most of those countries how much they are ordering and from whom.”

via Development Reimagined

Mayor of Freetown: ‘Cities need inclusive COVID-19 responses to build back stronger. But we can’t do it alone.’

“95% of Covid-19 cases are reported in urban areas. That puts cities on the frontlines of a global public health crisis that is widening the gap between those with the comfort and safety of a home and those forced to leave their homes behind.”

via Thomson Reuters Foundation News

Mapping the long road to recovery

“A lack of reliable data about caseloads and causes of the death, even changes in the death rates, has led to sharp policy changes. Some countries are shutting down again, some are reopening.”

via Africa Confidential

An Africa unconstrained by a self-fulfilling debt narrative will rebound after COVID-19

“Africa’s debt narrative tends to forget the agency of African governments and instead focuses on portraying other players either as saviors or bogeymen.”

via Quartz Africa

How Europe can work with Africa amid the global scramble for vaccines

“The vaccine is spoken of as a ‘global public good,’ but it is already apparent that some parts of the world will have it in substantial numbers much sooner than others. Scarcity creates a market, and the vaccine becomes a valuable geopolitical commodity for those with an excess at their disposal.”

via European Council on Foreign Relations

Analyzing Africa’s Second Wave of COVID-19

“2020 saw COVID-19 infect over 2.7 million Africans and kill over 65,000. A surge of cases in the last quarter of the year, combined with the emergence of more contagious mutations, pose new challenges for Africa in 2021.”

via Africa Center for Strategic Studies