COVID-19 inflames election violence in Africa

“COVID-19 may have increased the risk of electoral violence in four key ways: facilitating clampdowns on political opposition, fueling the proliferation of disinformation, worsening economic fragility and delaying elections.”

via African Business Magazine

Tanzania’s John Magufuli dies after months of COVID-19 denialism

“One of Africa’s most controversial leaders, Magufuli refused to accept the severity of COVID-19, insisting for months that his country was unaffected by the global pandemic. He implemented almost no preventative measures to protect the population and joked about the disease.”

via African Business Magazine

Is Magufuli’s COVID-19 response a threat to the region

“The impact of Magufuli’s negligence is becoming clearer by the day. Reports suggest a surge in hospital patients suffering from respiratory distress.”

via African Business Magazine

Will G7 commitment speed up Africa’s vaccine roll-out?

“With Africa lagging behind in the race to roll out Covid-19 vaccines, will recent undertakings by the G7 help to improve access?”

via African Business Magazine

Covax to deliver 90m vaccines to Africa this month

“As production capacity increases and more vaccines become available, Covax aims to vaccinate at least 20% of Africans by providing up to 600 million doses by the end of 2021.”

via African Business Magazine

2021 needs to be Africa’s ‘focus on the money’ year

“Recent events show that Africa’s dependence on external sources of finance is no longer sustainable. It is time for the continent to develop its own lending institutions.”

via African Business Magazine

Africa at the ‘tail-end’ of vaccine race

“As richer countries elbow their way to the front of the queue for COVID-19 vaccines, how soon can African countries hope to obtain supplies?”

via African Business Magazine

Aspen to produce COVID-19 vaccine in Africa

“A deal struck by South Africa’s Aspen Pharmacare to manufacture COVID-19 vaccine in Port Elizabeth will bring technology transfer but may not increase the supply of vaccines to the continent.”

via African Business Magazine

COVID-19 pushes African airlines to the brink

“The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a heavy toll on Africa’s airlines, but some analysts suggest that a more streamlined industry offering better services could emerge as a result.”

via African Business Magazine

Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine ‘best for Africa’

“A vaccine created in a partnership between the University of Oxford and UK pharma giant AstraZeneca can be stored at standard refrigeration temperatures of -8C. This could make the best option for Africa, as countries on the continent are already equipped with a cold storage chain that can maintain these temperatures.”

via African Business Magazine