News & Analysis: South Africa

South African soccer team outbreak tests Tokyo Olympics’ ‘COVID-19-safe’ strategy

“An outbreak of infections among members of the South African men’s soccer team has emerged as the first test of Olympic officials’ strategy of aggressive testing and swift isolation to prevent the spread of the coronavirus throughout the Tokyo Games.”

via Washington Post

Third wave cases mount as tourism jobs crash

“While case numbers and deaths from COVID-19 continue to rise across Africa, the devastating costs of the travel restrictions that have been imposed on visitors as a consequence continue to grow. The economic damage caused by the closure of the tourism economy in Southern and North Africa last year is continuing, perhaps worsening, this year.”

via Africa Confidential

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

South Africa’s WTO ambassador on the logic behind a COVID-19 IP waiver

“South Africa, Mlumbi-Peter said, was fully aware that IP was not the only barrier to ramping up vaccine production. Voluntary licences, technology transfer and the sharing of clinical data as well as trade secrets could all play a part in what she called the toolkit of combating the pandemic.”

via Financial Times

Despite supply and administration challenges, South Africa’s vaccine roll-out can succeed

“Leadership and tough negotiations with drug companies is required to avoid wastage, increase weekly COVID-19 vaccination numbers and prevent a slowdown in the national roll-out.”

via Daily Maverick

South Africa’s vaccine rollout has hit yet another roadblock

“South Africa has suffered the latest in a series of setbacks to its COVID-19 vaccination program, with the country’s medical-products regulator saying on Sunday that doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine that were manufactured at a plant in Baltimore, Maryland and awaiting distribution in South Africa cannot be used because of possible contamination.”

via Quartz Africa

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

South Africa tightens pandemic restrictions as new cases rise

“‘After several months of low transmission, the number of infections has begun to rise sharply in several parts of the country,’ President Cyril Ramaphosa said in a televised address to the nation.”

via Anadolu Agency

Hospital bed space alert in Gauteng as third wave of COVID-19 takes hold

“More than 1,800 people are currently hospitalised in the province’s private and public facilities, but concerns over bed space are mounting as Gauteng COVID-19 infection numbers spike.”

via Daily Maverick