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

Moody’s downgrades Namibia’s ratings to Ba3, maintains negative outlook

“The coronavirus shock continues to pressure Namibia’s revenue generation capacity, a trend exacerbated by Namibia’s weak growth prospects, notwithstanding moderate institutional adjustment capacity and external buffers that backstop creditworthiness.”

via Moody's

Africa’s Customs chiefs commit to implementing new continental COVID-19 trade facilitation guidelines

“Africa’s customs experts have given their support to the adoption of continental guidelines to facilitate free and timely flow of cross-border trade amid the COVID-19 pandemic ahead of the start of trading under the African Continental Free Trade Area on 1 January 2021.”

via UNECA

African Health Ministers urge greater vigilance in COVID-19 fight

“African Health Ministers gathering for the resumed Seventieth session of the World Health Organization Regional Committee for Africa took stock this week of the region’s efforts in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic, with calls to step up vigilance and head off a possible resurgence of infections.”

via WHO Africa

COVID-19: Remittance Flows to Shrink 14% by 2021

“As the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis continues to spread, the amount of money migrant workers send home is projected to decline 14 percent by 2021 compared to the pre COVID-19 levels in 2019”

via World Bank

World Bank Helps Mozambique Mitigate Impact of COVID-19 with a New $100 Million Grant

“The financing will help mitigate the adverse impacts of the pandemic on people’s lives and livelihoods by supporting the immediate COVID-19 response and supporting businesses and reforms in view of improved fiscal sustainability.”

via World Bank

World Bank Approves $12 Billion for COVID-19 Vaccines

“The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved an envelope of $12 billion for developing countries to finance the purchase and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, tests, and treatments for their citizens.”

via World Bank

The Gambia to Strengthen Health Care Delivery in the Face of COVID-19

“The World Bank Board of Executive Directors approved a $30 million grant from the International Development Association to improve the quality and utilization of essential health services in The Gambia. “

via World Bank

New World Bank Group Country Engagement Note to Support Inclusive and Equitable Growth Path for Sudan

“The World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors today endorsed a new Country Engagement Note (CEN) for Sudan. The CEN is aimed at supporting the Government of Sudan’s efforts to reform the economy, build a more equitable social contract, and provide a better future for Sudanese people.”

via World Bank

IMF Staff Completes Review Mission to Côte d’Ivoire

“The country has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to the authorities’ swift response and the support of the international community including the IMF, the economic impact has been contained and growth, while significantly lower than initially forecasted, is projected to remain positive at 1.8 percent this year.”

via IMF