News & Analysis: Tunisia

Frank Aswani: Strengthening Africa’s Social Investment Ecosystem to Help Tackle COVID-19

COVID-19 Africa Watch talks to Dr. Frank Aswani about ways to bolster Africa’s social investment ecosystem to help the continent’s economic recovery from the pandemic.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Majority of Africans would take a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine

“A survey conducted by the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), in partnership with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) has shown that a predominant majority (79% average) of respondents in Africa would take a COVID-19 vaccine if it were deemed safe and effective.”

via Africa CDC

Coronavirus vaccinations have started. But people in Africa face a much longer wait.

“Public health officials warn that stark disparities are emerging as wealthier countries reserve most of the world’s doses, while poorer countries have secured scarce amounts.”

via Washington Post

Coronavirus vaccinations have started. But people in Africa face a much longer wait.

“Of the 47 countries in the AFRO region, 22 (47%) have never reported sexdisaggregated data on confirmed COVID-19 cases and 35 countries (75%) have never reported such data on deaths. Incomplete and irregular reporting of data by sex poses a challenge in designing and monitoring effective COVID-19 responses.”

via Washington Post

Coronavirus reveals Tunisia’s healthcare dilemma

“Torn between health and economic concerns, Tunisia had relaxed its pandemic restrictions and reopened its borders in June, which resulted in a spike in infections and aggravated the country’s healthcare crisis.”

via Anadolu Agency

The challenges African countries face to get hold of the COVID-19 vaccine

“GAVI, the global vaccine alliance, has been securing vaccine candidates to make the vaccine equally accessible to low-income countries. However, the countries may be required to share some of the costs of delivery which is up to $1.60 to $2 per dose. The economies of most African countries may not be able to afford the vaccine delivery.”

via Quartz Africa

The Pandemic Is Not Good For Freedom And Democracy. But There Are Exceptions

“Only one country reported a positive trend over the past few months: Malawi.”

via NPR

Italy’s use of ferries to quarantine migrants comes under fire

“Outrage is growing among human rights advocates at the use of commercial ferries by Italian authorities to quarantine asylum seekers and migrants due to COVID-19 – not just new arrivals, but also people from reception centres inland who have been in Italy for years.”

via The New Humanitarian

COVID-19: UAE donates 18 tons of medical supply to Tunisia

“Tunisia received Monday 18 tons of the medical supply offered by the United Arab Emirates, UAE, to help the North African country in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.”

via The North Africa Post

The Double Threat of COVID-19 in Africa

“Evidence from past epidemics and initial reports from COVID-19 suggest that the greatest threat of COVID-19 in Africa will be indirect—arising from disruptions in health-care delivery and not from the disease itself.”

via Think Global Health