News & Analysis: Ethiopia

State Minister Yasmin Wohabrebbi: Ethiopia’s Prospects and Priorities for Economic Recovery

COVID-19 Africa Watch talks to State Minister Yasmin Wohabrebbi about the policy response to the pandemic, the efforts to develop the digital economy, and the G20 Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI).

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

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 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

Ethiopia Economic Update: Ensuring Ethiopia’s Full Recovery from COVID-19

“Response measures introduced by the government, including tax deferrals and waivers, liquidity provision to commercial banks, measures to ease access to credit and loan refinancing, logistics facilitation and food distribution measures, have contributed to cushioning some of the impacts from the crisis.”

via World Bank

In a Bid to Get People Back in the Air, Ethiopian Airlines Deploys Chinese Tech For Rapid Passenger COVID-19 Testing

“Regular tests will be available within three hours for both departing and arriving passengers. The airline says that it will be able to test up to 1,000 passengers a day with the new equipment.”

via China-Africa Project

COVID-19 inflames election violence in Africa

“COVID-19 may have increased the risk of electoral violence in four key ways: facilitating clampdowns on political opposition, fueling the proliferation of disinformation, worsening economic fragility and delaying elections.”

via African Business Magazine

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

Ethiopia Lives Through the Worst of Times

“The virus’s spread has seen a sudden spike in recent months, indicating that Ethiopia indeed faces a third-wave since the first person with the virus was identified in March last year.”

via Addis Fortune

Towards shock-responsive social protection: lessons from the COVID-19 response in Ethiopia

“National and international restrictions to combat the spread of COVID-19 led to an economic downturn in Ethiopia which is likely to have pushed an additional 15 million people below the poverty line.”

via Maintains

Ethiopia enforces stricter COVID-19 travel measures

“Ethiopia on Monday enforced strict coronavirus measures, banning travelers with COVID-19 positive status from entering the country for an indefinite time.”

via Anadolu Agency