News & Analysis: Malawi

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

The impact of COVID-19 on journalists in Africa

“The global media landscape has changed over the past 10 years with journalism facing a range of problems such as the disruption in traditional media as a result of the fast changing digital space, to fake news and the rising distrust in journalism. When COVID-19 hit, it exacerbated these and other existing problems within the journalism industry.”

Inequality warning: The pandemic’s impact on education

“Access to education has been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Governments across southern Africa closed down educational institutions for the greater part of 2020. At the beginning of 2021, we are beginning to see some of the costs.”

via Daily Maverick

COVID-19 kills two Malawi legislators

“Two ruling Tonse Alliance legislators have today died of COVID-19. Parliament says Ntchisi North parliamentarian Jacqueline Chikuta and John Chikalimba who represented Zomba Changalume constituency in parliament have succumbed to the virus disease.”

via Nyasa Times

Malawi’s Second Wave: What Lessons from 2020 Can be Applied in 2021?

As a second wave inundates Malawi, public health officials and policymakers are asking, What lessons from Malawi’s mild 2020 experience should be applied in 2021?

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Malawi doctors call for volunteers to support frontline health care staff

“The Society of Medical Doctors has called for volunteer health workers to support the frontline health care staff during this unprecedented coronavirus pandemic. The doctors made the call in a statement barely a day after President Lazarus Chakwera admitted that the country’s health system had been ‘overwhelmed’ by the surge.”

via Nyasa Times

Malawi doctors call for volunteers to support frontline health care staff

“The Society of Medical Doctors president Victor Mithi said they need volunteers, particularly clinicians, nurses, and laboratory personnel that are either not employed or have free time, to work at equivalent grade allowances in COVID-19 centers in central hospital isolation wards and new field hospitals to be set up by the government.”

via Nyasa Times

Police faulted for using violence to enforce COVID-19 measures

“The Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation has condemned the Malawi Police for beating up people in markets, depots and on the streets under the guise of enforcing COVID-19 measures.”

via Malawi24

A view from Malawi: Combating fake news and the ‘infodemic’

“At one-point, former head of state Joyce Banda told people at a rally that there was no COVID-19 in Malawi. In the end Malawians paid a price as infection figures increased dramatically after the elections.”

via Thomson Reuters Foundation News

Malawi President Chakwera declares State of Disaster to overcome COVID-19’s ‘crusade of death’

“The President admits that Malawi is entering a new danger zone, saying the death of the two ministers is an ‘incalculable loss’ to the nation.”

via Nyasa Times