Analysis & Opinion

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

What Happens When the Vaccine Factory of the World Can’t Deliver?

“India stopped exporting COVID-19 vaccines in mid-April, leaving Covax and the 92 low-income and lower-middle-income countries that depend on the program in the lurch. The shortfall is estimated to be at 190 million doses by the end of June.”

via New York Times

Severe COVID-19 Is More Often Fatal in Africa Than in Other Regions

“Inadequate treatment for critically ill patients contributed to higher death rates in Africa, compared to other parts of the world, a study found.”

via New York Times

Seychelles has vaccinated 71% of its population. Why is COVID-19 surging?

“The Seychelles needs to conduct urgent genome sequencing and surveillance to examine the effect of variants of concern and see whether the Indian variant is present. If the South African variant is dominant, the country needs to use a vaccine that works well against it.”

via African Arguments