COVID-19: Why some African states can’t use their vaccines

“Malawi has destroyed almost 20,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, while South Sudan has 59,000 doses which it also plans to discard. The vaccines had been donated through the African Union but had not been administered by their expiry date of 13 April.”

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Kenya ‘runs out of ICU beds’ amid COVID-19 surge

“Kenya has run out of ICU beds as the country deals with a surge in COVID-19 cases, the doctors’ union has said… Several doctors have been sharing their experiences on social media, describing heart-breaking scenes they are witnessing in hospitals across the country.”

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Burundi ‘not yet ready’ for COVID-19 vaccines

“Burundi will wait for more research to establish the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines before administering them, the country’s health minister has said.”

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How are African countries getting vaccines?

“‘Countries are clocking an impressive vaccination pace, but we must ensure this doesn’t slow down to a crawl,’ says Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO regional director for Africa.”

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Paris airport: Algerian passengers from UK stranded for weeks

“In Paris they were told by Air Algeria they could not continue their journey, reportedly because of COVID-19 measures. They have since been living rough in the transit area of Terminal 2 at Charles de Gaulle.”

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John Magufuli: The cautionary tale of the president who denied coronavirus

“Since his first election in 2015, Magufuli cultivated the image of an rambunctious action man, a departure from his predecessors’ demure and stately style.”

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Ambrose Dlamini: Eswatini’s PM dies after testing positive for COVID-19

“The government of Eswatini says Prime Minister Ambrose Dlamini has died, four weeks after he tested positive for coronavirus. A government statement said Dlamini, 52, died on Sunday afternoon in hospital in South Africa.”

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Coronavirus corruption in Kenya: Officials and businesspeople targeted

“Kenyan investigators are to recommend the prosecution of at least 15 top government officials and businesspeople over the alleged misuse of millions of dollars meant for buying COVID-19 medical supplies.”

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Coronavirus in South Africa: Whistleblower questions winter tent deaths

“Suspected COVID-19 patients were routinely left for hours in an open tent, in sub-zero temperatures, outside a South African hospital during the mid-winter peak of the pandemic, leading to ‘many’ people dying of suspected hypothermia.”

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Madagascar president’s herbal tonic fails to halt COVID-19 spike

“Hospitals in Madagascar have been struggling to cope with a surge of COVID-19 cases, while the president has been promoting an unproven product he says can cure the disease despite the World Health Organization (WHO) warning against using untested remedies.”

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