African Union secures close to 300 million vaccine doses

“The 300 million doses are being secured independently of the global COVAX effort aimed at distributing COVID-19 vaccines to lower-income countries.”

via Associated Press

Morocco to use Chinese vaccine to kick off mass vaccinations

“Morocco is gearing up for an ambitious COVID-19 vaccination program, aiming to vaccinate 80% of its adults in an operation starting this month that’s relying initially on a Chinese vaccine that has not yet completed advanced trials to prove it is safe and effective.”

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In southern Madagascar, ‘nothing to feed our children’

“Mothers are now trying to feed their children with unripe mangoes, and with tamarind mixed with clay. Many children have the spindly legs, reddish hair and pot bellies of malnourishment. Tired, they rest under trees and no longer play.”

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As rich nations struggle, Africa’s virus response is praised

“The coronavirus pandemic has fractured global relationships. But as director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, John Nkengasong has helped to steer Africa’s 54 countries into an alliance praised as responding better than some richer countries, including the United States.”

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South Africa’s excess deaths surge as virus like ‘wildfire’

“Global hot spot South Africa is seeing a ‘huge discrepancy’ between confirmed COVID-19 deaths and much higher excess deaths from natural causes, while Africa’s top health official says the coronavirus is spreading there ‘like wildfire.'”

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COVID-19 pandemic in Africa is now reaching ‘full speed’

“The coronavirus pandemic in Africa is reaching ‘full speed’ and it’s good to prepare for the worst-case scenario, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention chief said Thursday, after a South African official said a single province is preparing 1.5 million graves.”

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South Africa’s economy to see worst performance in 90 years

“South Africa’s economy is expected to decline by 7.2% this year, its worst performance in nearly 90 years, as the coronavirus pandemic takes a toll on sub-Saharan Africa’s most developed country.”

via Associated Press

Burkina Faso struggles against COVID-19 and extremist threat

“Burkina Faso, with 20 million people, was already suffering an unprecedented humanitarian crisis fueled by attacks linked to Islamic militants and local defense groups.”

via Associated Press