COVID-19 in Africa: Now comes the harder work

“When compared to the economies of the G20 and the multilateral banks’ capital bases, the US$68 billion needed for Africa is insignificant. But it could save hundreds of lives. The time is now for stronger and prolonged action by the international community.”

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Where will Africa’s students study abroad in post COVID-19 times?

“There are reasons to care about where African students choose to study: university education is important both in terms of quantity and quality; the incentive to study at university level is crucial; and in a post-COVID19 world, if more Africans continue to study more in China relative to other countries, this could extend China’s influence.”

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COVID-19 in Africa: Is the crisis over? Or has it just begun?

“Despite progress in vaccine research, we expect the economic effects of COVID-19 to linger in African countries for a long time to come. It’s time for the entire international community to take these more seriously.”

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Is More Poverty in Africa an Inevitable Outcome of COVID-19?

“African countries do have the tools to continue manage COVID-19 without seeing escalating numbers of people in poverty. But their financial constraints are the key barrier to making that happen. But any extra finance that can be provided to African countries – whether through grants or debt payment holidays – will go a long, long way.”

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Is Africa drowning in COVID-19 debt?

“Our analysis shows that the total debt repayments owed by African countries in 2018 were 1.4 times larger than the budgets that African countries have now put aside to address the effects of COVID19 (which, incidentally, have risen by US$9bn since our last estimate two weeks ago, to US$53bn in total now).”

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COVID-19: How can China help African countries have a stake in the race for a vaccine?

“While China’s pharma industry has had a much smaller global footprint than many other countries such as the UK, U.S. and even India, the experience of the Comoros, an African island nation, and its efforts against malaria with Chinese support, act as an interesting case study.”

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Which African Countries Are Winning the COVID-19 Fight, And How?

“There are many countries still facing huge challenges, but there are others leading the way, providing a realistic example for others to emulate within the continent as well as having their own impact on overall numbers.”

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Are African Countries Easing Lockdown Too Early?

“Many are replacing lockdowns with curfews and mandatory facemasks in public spaces alongside the basic social distancing measures, while pushing up domestic production by local textiles and apparel factories to repurpose as well as small-scale tailors to meet demand for masks.”

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