Beating COVID-19 in Africa Begins With National Labs

“To scale up testing, health sectors must not only find ways to procure more test kits, but also dramatically increase the continent’s laboratory capacity to process tests, as delays allow the virus to spread.”

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What Is the World Doing to Create a COVID-19 Vaccine?

“The search to find a vaccine for the new coronavirus is well underway. Governments and researchers are aiming to provide billions of people with immunity in eighteen months or less, which would be unprecedented.”

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As Africa Faces COVID-19, Chinese Debt Relief is a Welcome Development

“Given the scale of Africa’s debt crisis, it should be taken as a great reassurance that China, its largest official lender, has warmed to the idea of cancellations.”

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As Oil Collapses, so Does a Vital Source of African Revenue

“Accompanying the misery of the coronavirus pandemic has been an ongoing crisis in the oil industry. While the scale and tragedy of the coronavirus is front and center in our minds, the collapse of oil is more abstract, and its long term consequences will be serious.”

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Despite New China-Africa Tension, Beijing Has a Pivotal Role to Play in Africa’s COVID-19 Recovery

“The reports that have surfaced in recent days in Guangzhou, a city in southern China and the site of a diplomatic crisis with Africa, are undeniably grim. Videos and images show young African men being dragged in handcuffs by Chinese authorities, pinned face-first in the pavement, shepherded by riot police down an empty street, and made to sleep outside after apparently being evicted.”

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The Coronavirus’s Impact Throughout Africa (podcast)

“Michelle D. Gavin, CFR’s senior fellow for Africa studies, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss how the novel coronavirus is affecting Angola, Botswana, Sudan, and other nations throughout Africa.”

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