In Return to Global Health Multilateralism, U.S. Joins COVAX at a Critical Moment

U.S. support for COVAX and other initiatives could prove to be critical in the global effort to end the devastation caused by COVID-19.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Sierra Leone re-imposes lockdown on Freetown as COVID-19 cases spike

“The authorities of Sierra Leone have announced a new lockdown of the capital Freetown and a night curfew throughout the country to counter the ‘exponential’ increase of COVID-19 cases in the country.”

via Africa News

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

Africa CDC outlines ultracold storage strategy for COVID-19 vaccines

“During a press conference Thursday, Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention Director John Nkengasong outlined a strategy that will enable all African nations to roll out vaccines that require ultracold temperature storage.”

via Devex

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

Malawi’s Second Wave: What Lessons from 2020 Can be Applied in 2021?

As a second wave inundates Malawi, public health officials and policymakers are asking, What lessons from Malawi’s mild 2020 experience should be applied in 2021?

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Zimbabwe orders most civil servants to work from home

“Following death of two ministers from COVID-19, only 10% of government workers will be allowed to work at offices.”

via Anadolu Agency

Panic shopping as Kigali goes back into lockdown

“Food markets across Kigali city were on January 19 flocked by crowds of people – retailers and wholesalers – following an announcement that the capital was returning to total lockdown. The 15-day lockdown announced by a cabinet meeting on Monday is aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19 in the city, which has been rampant in the past few days.”

via The New Times

COVID-19 shots to cost $3 to $10 under African Union vaccine plan

“African countries will pay between $3 and $10 per vaccine dose to access 270 million COVID-19 shots secured this month by the African Union (AU), according to a draft briefing on the plan prepared by the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) and provided to Reuters.”

via Reuters

COVID-19: Foreign Affairs Minister Sibusiso Moyo’s death ‘a wake-up call’ for Zimbabwe

“Zimbabwean Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Sibusiso Moyo succumbed to COVID-19 on Wednesday as the country battles to contain a spike in cases. Moyo, known for announcing the military intervention in 2017 that ended Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule, dies in a Harare clinic after contracting the virus that has killed hundreds of people in Zimbabwe.”

via Daily Maverick