Global Fund chief on COVID-19 funding, global health security

“Overstretched development assistance budgets won’t be enough to meet the needs of the COVID-19 response and stretched health systems, but most of the funding for these global public goods is going to come from governments — though it may flow through a number of mechanisms, including grants, International Monetary Fund Special Drawing Rights, or debt relief.”

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World Bank hopes to help get vaccines to 1 billion people, Malpass says

“Providing fair and equitable access to vaccines will be key to managing the health and economic repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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The man behind Africa’s COVID-19 response

“John Nkengasong, director at the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, watched events unfolding in China with concern — long before the rest of the world had turned its attention to what was then just a mysterious outbreak of atypical pneumonia.”

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Africa-led solutions to expedite access to COVID-19 vaccines

“Actions that African governments take today will not only enable a sustainable and quality-assured supply of efficacious vaccines to fight the pandemic but will also help maintain public trust.”

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$100M genomic sequencing initiative launches in Africa

“A $100 million initiative launched this week that aims to expand next-generation genomic sequencing tools and expertise across the African continent, which experts say could be used to tackle disease outbreaks more effectively.”

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Cautious optimism in South Africa that COVID-19 surge is over

“At the end of July, South Africa hit a peak when it reported 13,944 new cases of COVID-19 in one day. Yesterday, it reported 2,420 new cases. Responders to the pandemic are hopeful that the surge has quelled, but they also warn against complacency.”

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COVID-19: A Conversation with Dr. K.Y. Amoako (VIDEO)

“Devex Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar speaks with K.Y. Amaoko, Founder and President of the African Center for Economic Transformation about the lessons of the last several decades of African development and what lies ahead.”

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Global Fund seeks $5B as money runs out for COVID-19 response

“The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is running out of funding for its COVID-19 Response Mechanism, and is seeking an additional $5 billion meant to help countries continue their response against COVID-19.”

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COVID-19: A Coffeehouse Conversation on Financial Technology

Africa is at the edge of FinTech innovation and a lack of financial inclusion, and COVID-19 has increased the stakes of getting the policy environment right for increasing access to finance.

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Muddled messaging around COVID-19 complicates response in Tanzania

“Tanzania has not reported a new case of COVID-19 to WHO for two and a half months — the longest gap in reporting from any country in Africa. The count stands at 509 cases and 21 deaths.”

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