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

Responding to the Second Wave of COVID-19 in Africa

“As the pandemic continues to evolve across Africa, there is a need for African Union Member States to re-evaluate, re-strategize, and re-invigorate their COVID-19 response activities across the continent to ensure their countries are prepared to handle an inevitable second, and potentially third wave of cases.”

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African Development Bank supports continental strategy on COVID-19 with US$27.33 million

“Awarded under three key components – technical assistance and capacity building, institutional support, and contribution to the African Union COVID-19 Response Fund – the grant is to support implementation of the Africa Joint Continental Strategy for COVID-19 Outbreak.”

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Finding the Balance: Public Health and Social Measures in Nigeria

“Nigeria has the largest COVID-19 caseload in the Western Region. After a plateau beginning in June, the country has experienced a decline in reported new cases since the end of July, with an average decrease in cases of about 8% each week over the previous month. However, testing remains below recommended guidelines.”

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COVID-19 genome sequencing laboratory network launches in Africa

“With several African countries now expanding COVID-19 testing, the World Health Organization and the Africa CDC have launched a network of laboratories to reinforce genome sequencing of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in Africa.”

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Finding the Balance: Public Health and Social Measures in Democratic Republic of the Congo

“New reported cases of COVID-19 began steadily increasing in Democratic Republic of Congo in May, peaking in late June. More recent trends suggest that incidence may be decreasing, but trends should be interpreted with caution given the low tests per confirmed case ratio.”

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Finding the Balance: Public Health and Social Measures in Ghana

“Perceptions of personal risk of catching COVID-19 and severity of the disease are markedly low, according to survey results, despite the size of the outbreak. In addition, there is substantial misinformation, including narratives around anti-foreign sentiment.”

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Finding the Balance: Public Health and Social Measures in Mozambique

“While the total number of reported COVID-19 cases in Mozambique is low, new reported cases have been rapidly accelerating since late July, as mobility gradually approaches pre-COVID-19 levels. A phased reopening plan may result in further increases in transmission.”

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Finding the Balance: Public Health and Social Measures in Ethiopia

“There has been a rapid increase in new reported cases of COVID-19 in Ethiopia since July, with most reported cases concentrated in Addis Ababa. In early August, Ethiopia announced a mass testing campaign which likely contributed to the increase in new reported cases.”

via Africa CDC

Guidance on easing lockdown

“Given the likely duration of this epidemic, it is important to plan for easing measures in ways that allow the trajectory of the virus to be controlled.”

via Africa CDC