Third wave cases mount as tourism jobs crash

“While case numbers and deaths from COVID-19 continue to rise across Africa, the devastating costs of the travel restrictions that have been imposed on visitors as a consequence continue to grow. The economic damage caused by the closure of the tourism economy in Southern and North Africa last year is continuing, perhaps worsening, this year.”

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Fatigue may be fatal

“The COVID-19 experience in Africa has been something of a rollercoaster ride. Early predictions were calamitous, then it seemed to pass ominously mildly (unless you were in South Africa) but now, looking at the current Indian experience, one senses that the caretakers of coronavirus on the continent are very nervous. The Indian variant has a foothold. Might it scale?”

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Health chiefs salute progress in lifting patents on COVID-19 vaccines but say India’s crisis shows risks to Africa

“The United States support for a lifting of patents on COVID-19 vaccines in coming negotiations at the World Trade Organization is a big win for African campaigners and could offer new opportunities for local medical supply companies.”

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Sparring for a jab

“Trade and production deals may help the region’s vaccination drive in the short term more than lobbying for changes to the IP and patent laws.”

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Despite denials, vaccine nationalism is rampant

“Glitches in distribution in Western countries is holding back efforts to get vaccines to Africa.”

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A Question of Control

“The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and its director, John Nkengasong, are in a turf war after winning praise for their leadership combatting the pandemic throughout the continent.”

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As officials argue over vaccine funding, the African country worst hit by the pandemic is fumbling its chance to limit the damage

“A politically charged fight between the Treasury and the Health Department has derailed the government’s bid to buy vaccines cheaply and quickly. Doctors and scientists criticise officials for blocking information about pricing and delivery schedules, raising concerns that opportunistic businesses are again trying to capitalise on the emergency.”

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Mapping the long road to recovery

“A lack of reliable data about caseloads and causes of the death, even changes in the death rates, has led to sharp policy changes. Some countries are shutting down again, some are reopening.”

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South Sudan: Economy running on fumes

“South Sudan’s economy is dead on its feet. Falling oil prices have squeezed government revenues, sending hard currency reserves tumbling and inflation soaring. Political stability may now rest on the ability of leaders to maintain discipline in their ranks and confidence in each other, as the financial bargain at the heart of the 2018 peace agreement comes under pressure.”

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Creditors fume as the beat goes on

“After the default, the bondholders and Chinese creditors are jostling for priority but secrecy and local politics are blocking a credible solution.”

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