Surprising resilience: DFIs take stock of their COVID-19 response

“Many DFIs focused on supporting their existing clients through the crisis rather than finding new clients. Investing has been more challenging, but concerns that their balance sheets would take a hit didn’t materialize, nor did the type of demand they expected for liquidity support.”

via Devex

COVID-19 Vaccines Available, but Reluctance is Contagious in Senegal

“While people around the world wait impatiently to be vaccinated against COVID-19, an inoculation site in Senegal was empty on a recent day – a sign of the ambivalence nationwide.”

via Eyewitness News

Africa CDC says cannot predict when second COVID-19 shots will arrive

“Many Africans who have received their first COVID-19 vaccine do not know when they will get a second shot because deliveries are delayed, the continent’s top public health official said on Thursday.”

via Reuters

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

CAR: First Vaccines Arrive In Bangui For UN Personnel

“The government of the Central African Republic is awaiting a delivery of AstraZeneca vaccines for the rest of the population.”

via Republic World

Cameroon receives 200,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines from China

“Cameroon has received a donation of 200,000 doses of Chinese-made COVID-19 vaccine, Sinopharm, after it suspended the approval of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines over safety concerns.”

via The East African

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

Number of coronavirus cases in Eswatini underestimated, Ministry of Health reveals

“Minister of Health Lizzie Nkosi said there had been a further 1,017 cases that had previously gone unreported. In a statement she said the ministry had asked health facilities across the kingdom to submit their testing registers to the National COVID-19 Laboratory in Mbabane. ‘From these records, it was found that there were 1,017 unreported COVID-19 cases who were tested and treated within certain health facilities.’”

via Swazi Media

Tunisia: Empty streets in Tunis as Ramadan begins

“The city centre of Tunisia’s capital Tunis, lies almost empty before “iftar”, or breaking the fast at sunset on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The Tunisian government ahead of Ramadan extended its nighttime curfew by three hours, tightening other restrictions. It followed an uptick of COVID-19 infections.”

via Africa News