News & Analysis: South Africa

Rebuilding the South African economy more sustainably

“With global efforts to achieve inclusive economic growth, amid the pandemic, South Africa, like other developing countries, has the opportunity to be at the forefront of an accelerated shift towards broadly adopting circular economy principles, sustainable consumption and production practices, resource efficiency and cleaner production.”

via Mail & Guardian

South Africa health regulator recommends resuming Johnson & Johnson vaccinations

“The J&J vaccine was the only one rolled out in South Africa, until the country suspended it on Tuesday, risking further disruption to vaccinations in Africa’s most industrial economy.”

via Financial Times

Africa could produce a COVID-19 vaccine sooner than you think

“Current vaccine makers would still need to be willing to share their knowledge with new producers. But no country that invested in COVID-19 vaccine production made this kind of knowledge sharing, often called technology transfer, a requirement of their funding, at least to the public’s knowledge.”

via Mail & Guardian

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

COVID-19 in Africa: Youth at the Fore

“Young volunteers leading COVID-19 campaigns are connecting with and engaging local leaders—women’s groups, teachers, priests, imams, village heads, healers, and elders—in their communities. Together they are devising microsolutions needed to isolate patients, care for the ill, implement social distancing within existing conditions, and support families in distress.”

via African Arguments

South Africa halts rollout of Johnson & Johnson vaccine

“South Africa has temporarily suspended the rollout of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize told reporters late Tuesday. Mkhize said the decision was taken after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended the temporary suspension of the vaccine’s use in the United States following reports of six women developing unusual blood clots with low platelets after receiving it.”

via Anadolu Agency

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

Africa CDC’s John Nkengasong on a Vaccine Game Plan for the Continent and His Greatest Worry

“What worries me most is that the continent doesn’t get its vaccination program in order in a timely fashion. That means we have to pursue an aggressive process not a passive process.”

via COVID HQ Africa

South Africa’s Ramaphosa calls for African-made vaccines

“Africa needs the skills and capacity to manufacture its own vaccines, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said Monday, as the continent lags other global regions in inoculating against COVID-19.”

via France 24

The Pfizer vaccines are coming. Is South Africa’s cold chain ready?

“More than 9-million COVID-19 vaccines are heading for South Africa between April and June, but no companies have yet been put in charge of distributing the jabs nationally.”

via Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism