News & Analysis: Senegal

African states face acute shortages of oxygen supplies and ICU beds

“WHO regional director for Africa Matshidiso Moeti said that hospital admissions for severely ill COVID-19 patients had reached unprecedented levels in about 10 countries; at least six countries were facing shortages in intensive care unit beds and medical oxygen.”

via The East African

What Happened to Senegalese Students after the COVID-19 School Closure?

“Although the dropout rate has remained stable, repetition rates have increased significantly in Senegal. The high repetition rate is concerning, first because it translates to a lack of learning, and second because it will increase the age range of students in the next cohort.”

via Center for Global Development

Africa can bet on vaccine boost as Senegal hatches plan for production

“Senegal could begin producing COVID-19 vaccines next year under an agreement with Belgian biotech group Univercells aimed at boosting Africa’s drug-manufacturing ambitions, a source involved in funding the project said.”

via Sunday Times

Africa celebrates suspension of COVID-19 vaccine patents

“African Union officials hope that at least three countries — South Africa, Senegal and Rwanda — will develop the capacity to produce vaccines for the continent, including the mRNA-type vaccines that emerged as an innovative technology against COVID-19.”

via Financial Times

‘There are no vaccines’: COVID-19 fears rise in Africa as inoculations stall

“African health officials aim to vaccinate at least 30 percent of the 1.2 billion population by the end of the year, rising to 60 percent or higher after that. But supply constraints, logistical problems and vaccine hesitancy mean immunisation campaigns have been patchy.”

via Financial Times

West Africa: Airline Asky remains determined to make its mark despite COVID-19

“Even though the IATA warns that the sector will probably not return to normal until 2024, the company’s management refuses to give up. And, while waiting for possible aid from public authorities and financial development institutions, Asky has sought help from its shareholders.”

via The Africa Report

COVID-19 Vaccines Available, but Reluctance is Contagious in Senegal

“While people around the world wait impatiently to be vaccinated against COVID-19, an inoculation site in Senegal was empty on a recent day – a sign of the ambivalence nationwide.”

via Eyewitness News

COVID-19 raises fears of increased women mortality rate

“In the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, curfews imposed in certain African countries made it difficult for pregnant women to reach clinics and/or hospitals after curfew time.”

via Anadolu Agency

Senegal’s economy struggles amid COVID-19 pandemic

“Senegal’s recent protests have shone a light on simmering frustrations over sluggish economic activity and unemployment in the West African state, which have been compounded by a year of coronavirus restrictions.”

via Africa News

Sir Paul Collier: Rethinking Roles and Responsibilities for Africa’s Economic Recovery

Oxford Professor, Sir Paul Collier, discusses the macroeconomic shocks suffered by African economies and the approach needed to accelerate the recovery.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch