News & Analysis: Tanzania

Tanzania suspends health official over epidemic claim

“A chief medical officer was suspended after saying that an unidentified infection, which caused people to experience nausea and vomit blood, plagued a single administrative ward of Ifumbo.”

via Anadolu Agency

Unidentified disease kills 15 in Tanzania

“At least fifteen people died and more than 50 others were hospitalized in southern Tanzania due to an unidentified infection that caused many to experience nausea and vomit blood, health officials said on Sunday.”

via Anadolu Agency

Tanzania embarks on steam therapy to fight coronavirus

“Tanzania’s government Monday launched a nationwide campaign to promote steam therapy to curb the spread of COVID-19.”

via Anadolu Agency

Zanzibar VP Seif Hamad says in hospital after COVID-19 diagnosis

“Zanzibar’s First Vice President Seif Sharif Hamad has confirmed reports that he has been hospitalised saying he tested positive for coronavirus. Mr Hamad is the chairman of the main opposition Alliance for Change and Transparency in the Tanzanian archipelago, which joined the ruling Chama cha Mapinduzi to form a government of national unity after the October elections last year.”

via The East African

Tanzania refuses to buy COVID-19 vaccine, plans to use natural herbs

“Ministry experts had been working with various groups to come up with natural herbs which have been helpful in managing the COVID-19 infection.”

via Tuko

EAC states to get 39 million COVID-19 vaccine doses from AU

“East African Community members states are expected to receive some 39 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine from the African Union (AU), which has secured a deal to procure 270 million of the same for all member states.”

via The East African

As the world moves on with inoculations, region’s vaccine strategy remains unclear

“As countries around the world that are already vaccinating their citizens against COVID-19 debate doses and time frames to protect efficacy, African countries are still struggling to come up with strategies, or not considering any at all.”

via The East African

Huge borrowing, COVID-19 shocks, leave region in a funding dilemma

“Excessive borrowing prior to the pandemic pushed countries closer to the debt ceiling with debt-to-GDP ratios now exceeding 50 percent. This leaves little room for external borrowing as the year starts.”

via The East African

Comparative Study of Policy Responses to COVID-19 in LICs in Africa

“Pre-pandemic economic challenges, such as limited fiscal space, high debt levels and inflation, have also contributed to countries’ weak economic responses. External financing has been crucial for LICs’ ability to respond to the pandemic, but, is still inadequate given the huge financial gap that exists.”

via SAIIA

Economic and Social Impacts of COVID-19 in Eastern Africa

“The pandemic and resulting crisis threaten to reverse some of the region’s development gains of the last decade and challenge progress to the SDGs.”

via UNECA