News & Analysis: South Sudan

South Sudan runs out of COVID-19 vaccines

“Health authorities say country has exhausted its supply of AstraZeneca doses received under COVAX facility.”

via Anadolu Agency

South Sudan: Cutting aid will increase distrust in Africa’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout

“The G7 has promised to donate 1 billion Covid vaccine doses by the end of 2021. However, in South Sudan, COVID-19 restrictions, aid cuts and comments by European leaders have shattered trust in public health advice and encouraged vaccine hesitancy. Despite the rhetoric, donating vaccines while cutting aid may prove meaningless.”

via Africa at LSE

South Sudan Returning 72,000 COVID Vaccine Doses

“South Sudan’s National Task Force on COVID-19 is sending back 72,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to the COVAX facility for use in other countries before the doses expire. South Sudan received 132,000 doses in late March from COVAX, a global coalition that works to ensure fair and equitable access of coronavirus vaccines worldwide.”

via VOA News

COVID-19: Why some African states can’t use their vaccines

“Malawi has destroyed almost 20,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, while South Sudan has 59,000 doses which it also plans to discard. The vaccines had been donated through the African Union but had not been administered by their expiry date of 13 April.”

via BBC

South Sudan plans to dispose of 60,000 expired COVID-19vaccines

“South Sudan, emerging from six years of brutal civil war, faces serious logistical difficulties in transporting the vaccine around the country, due to lack of roads and security challenges.”

via The East African

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

Could COVAX be used as a test case to demand more aid accountability in South Sudan?

“Instead of focusing strictly on even distribution, COVAX could incorporate other factors in prioritisation, such as provision of sound distribution plans and accountable tracking mechanisms to ensure that limited resources provide the most benefit.”

via The New Humanitarian

IMF Board approves $174m COVID-19 emergency funds for South Sudan

“The disbursement will help finance South Sudan’s urgent balance of payments needs and provide critical fiscal space to maintain poverty-reducing and growth-enhancing spending.”

via The East African

COVAX vaccine roll-out: South Sudan

“This delivery is the product of an unprecedented global partnership to ensure every country has access to COVID-19 vaccines. These vaccines are safe, they are effective, and they will be an important tool in the fight against this disease.”

via Gavi

20 employees in South Sudan president’s office contract COVID-19

“More than 20 junior and senior administrators in South Sudan’s Office of the President have contracted the Covid-19 and are under quarantine, Presidential Press Secretary Ateny Wek Ateny has confirmed.”

via The East African