Time to Re-open

“Africa’s lockdown era is nearing the end as policymakers focus on how to live with COVID-19 rather than defeat it. While retaining measures to protect public health wherever possible, the priority is now shifting to opening up economies again. One major pointer towards a return towards normality is that international flights are restarting. While fraught with possible danger, it marks the point where the era of waiting and seeing what COVID-19 will do ends, and the living with the virus stage commences.”

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Governments reject UN report slamming rights abuses during pandemic

“As Winnie Byanyima celebrates her first anniversary as Executive Director of UNAIDS, storm clouds circle her campaigning style… For her opponents, including Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni, she continues to take the stance of the civil society activist instead of adapting to international protocols.”

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A state of disconnect

“African treasuries are putting a positive spin on their own finances, but the message from the markets is grim. Something has to give.”

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The pandemic’s collateral damage

“The focus on the coronavirus, coupled with logistical problems, is drawing resources from the fight against Africa’s other serious diseases.”

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The dearth of data

“The pandemic is spreading unevenly across Africa and officials warn of a growing number of hotspots threatening public health.”

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Economics in a time of corona

” Ghana responded quicker than most countries and has the biggest COVID-19 testing programme in Africa outside South Africa and a pro-active information campaign. Yet its economy will be on hold for at least another three months, as the governing party prepares for elections in December.”

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Whose cure is it anyway?

“Industrialised countries are defending funding research to find a vaccine for COVID-19 out of Official Development Assistance funds against a possible challenge from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.”

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On the brink of sovereign default

“After stopping payments on several commercial loans this year, Zambia is set to default on its US$3 billion Eurobonds, now trading at ‘distressed debt’ levels.”

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Kudos to the health-workers

“Criticisms are mounting about the lack of a coherent national strategy to manage the coronavirus pandemic. The missing piece is effective leadership from the national task force, under Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, and Health Minister Osagie Enahire.”

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Scientists unite

“The leading world health agencies are closer now, but in the absence of strong data African governments are following starkly different policies..”

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