South Africa health regulator recommends resuming Johnson & Johnson vaccinations

“The J&J vaccine was the only one rolled out in South Africa, until the country suspended it on Tuesday, risking further disruption to vaccinations in Africa’s most industrial economy.”

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Tanzania’s new president turns her back on Magufuli

“Samia Suluhu Hassan signals end to predecessor’s COVID-19 denialism and renewed focus on foreign investment”

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African Union halts AstraZeneca vaccine purchases oversupply concerns

“The African Union has decided to stop plans to secure Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccines because of supply concerns from India’s Serum Institute. The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention will instead focus on the single-shot vaccine from Johnson & Johnson, said John Nkengasong, the AU’s disease control unit’s director.”

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South African central bank bucks emerging-market trend and holds rates

“South Africa’s central bank has kept its main interest rate at a historic low of 3.5 per cent, breaking with emerging-market peers that have increased rates following this year’s surge in US Treasury yields.”

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South African rollout lays bare vaccine struggle in developing world

“How the vaccination campaign goes in places such as Nqileni will have an impact not only in South Africa — which with 52,000 official deaths is the worst hit on the African continent — but for vaccination drives everywhere.”

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Chinese and South African police seize fake COVID-19 vaccines

“The export scam was found out after police in eastern China identified a network selling counterfeit inoculations. Officers raided a manufacturing premises and found more than 3,000 fake vaccines. More than 80 people were arrested.”

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Tanzania looks to divine providence as government shuns COVID-19 vaccines

“Dorothy Gwajima, Tanzania’s health minister, held a Covid-19 press briefing this month that looked more like a cooking show. Brandishing a blender as an aide added ginger, onions, lemon and pepper to the concoction, she explained that the vegetable smoothie would ward off coronavirus.”

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South Africa’s fiscal crunch: ‘We do not have the money’

“High debt servicing costs, costly bailouts for state-backed companies and surging public sector wages have taken their toll on an economy beset by stagnant growth and falling tax revenues.”

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African countries look beyond west for vaccines

“Officials in countries from Kenya to Guinea are in talks with China and Russia to procure vaccines to supplement the global WHO-backed Covax facility that aims to provide developing countries with enough jabs for at least 20 percent of their populations.”

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Ethiopia asks for debt relief as COVID-19 takes toll

“Ethiopia has asked for debt relief under a G20 programme to help poor countries reeling under the economic impact of coronavirus, making it the second African country to do so in the past week.”

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