News & Analysis: South Africa

South Africa to pay $5.25 a dose for AstraZeneca vaccine from India’s SII

“South Africa will pay $5.25 per dose for 1.5 million shots of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine from the Serum Institute of India (SII), a senior official said on Thursday, more than some wealthier countries are paying.”

via Reuters

South African government minister Jackson Mthembu dies of COVID-19

“South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Thursday that Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu has died of COVID-19. Mthembu was one of the government’s key leaders in its response to the pandemic and the public face during many COVID-19 press briefings.”

via CNN

Can you get reinfected with COVID-19? South Africa has ‘4,000 potential reinfections’

“We had more than 4,000 potential reinfections. We don’t know who actually gets reinfections, what drives reinfections, and we are trying to understand why we are getting reinfections. Might it be because of the new variant or not?”

via Mail & Guardian

Managing COVID-19’s Impact on Africa’s Sovereign Debt: An Interview with Danny Leipziger

COVID-19 Africa Watch talks to Danny Leipziger, Professor of International Business at the George Washington University, about debt and debt relief amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Record number of South Africans died in first week of 2021

“South Africa had a record 10,907 excess deaths from natural causes in the week of 30 December to 5 January… By comparison, in the worst years of the AIDS epidemic (in the 2000s), there were at most about 6,000 excess deaths due to the disease each week.”

via Daily Maverick

South Africa’s vaccine plan raises eyebrows ahead of launch

“South Africa’s government has started outlining its COVID-19 inoculation plans, despite not yet receiving a single vaccine dose, as it faces criticism over unrealistic targets and a lack of clarity.”

via France 24

Home Affairs to slash services in wake of COVID-19 as death registrations spiral (South Africa)

“The large spike in death registrations, including the death of seven home affairs front-office workers in the first 10 days of this year alone, has forced the department to slash the number of services it offers at its branches countrywide.”

via Mail & Guardian

African countries are turning to Russia, India, and China for COVID-19 vaccines despite skepticism

“As more African countries record the second wave of coronavirus infections, and some record novel and more infectious variants, African governments are turning toward COVID-19 vaccines produced by Russia, India, and China despite skepticism about some of these vaccines.”

via Quartz Africa

‘Grim Milestone’ as South Africa Records Deadliest COVID-19 Day

“Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that the nation recorded 21,832 new cases of COVID-19, and 844 deaths. This marks the deadliest 24-hour period for new COVID-19 infections and deaths in the nation yet. The previous highest number of deaths in a single day was 572 during July 2020.”

via AllAfrica

Mapping the long road to recovery

“A lack of reliable data about caseloads and causes of the death, even changes in the death rates, has led to sharp policy changes. Some countries are shutting down again, some are reopening.”

via Africa Confidential