Decolonising the coronavirus vaccine

“Since less than 1% of vaccines consumed in Africa are manufactured on the continent, regional efforts to develop vaccine manufacturing capacity such as those led by the Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as the Alliance of African Research Universities, must be supported. These efforts collectively advance delinking and move us closer toward the re-ordering of systems of power.”

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Doctors under siege in Sudan

“Hundreds of doctors have temporarily left their positions either because of [COVID-19 related] attacks or in protest over a lack of adequate personal protective equipment to handle COVID-19 cases, according to the committee’s secretary general, Omer Ahmed Salih.”

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COVID-19 deepens the educational divide

“There are an estimated 258-million children, adolescents and youth not in school across the globe. Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for 31% of them.”

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‘I get nothing at the end of the day’ – Taxi drivers in South Africa

“Taxi drivers say the constraints implemented to curb the spread of COVID-19 have made it near impossible to eke out a living, especially after handing over the lion’s share of their earnings to their bosses. Despite being the backbone of South Africa’s public transport system, taxi drivers like the rest of the country’s informal workforce have been left to fend for themselves.”

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Our COVID-19 world: how to reintegrate students into universities

“Even though we cannot extricate the post-schooling sector from the prevailing tornado of societal change, a consistent and meaningful educational campaign should be created. This has been a weakness in our response to COVID-19 as a country.”

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The pandemic has shifted patterns of conflict in Africa

“In Africa, it was hoped that movement restrictions and fear of infection might halt fighting, creating space for dialogue in even the most intractable conflicts. Yet… tracking activity over the past 10 weeks, ACLED found that conflict rates held steady across the continent, but patterns of violence have shifted as armed groups and governments take advantage of the pandemic to make moves on political priorities.”

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Burundi’s president put politics before the pandemic

“Burundi has lost its ‘Paramount Leader,’ ‘Champion of Patriotism and Leadership Core.’ But perhaps it has gained an opportunity to finally react seriously to COVID-19; and, in Nkurunziza’s absence, a chance to overturn the rotten and violent political system over which he presided.”

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COVID-19: Free the evidence

“The government needs to be open. There will be crazy rumours, conspiracy theories and analysts pontificating on the basis of inadequate knowledge. Why amplify this by keeping those who do want to weigh in with evidence-based arguments in the dark?”

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Much of South Sudan’s cabinet has COVID-19. What happened?

“South Sudan’s information minister Michael Makuei contracted COVID-19 while he was on the country’s high-level task force to combat the virus. He was not the only one. Almost the entire task force became infected, including ten cabinet ministers and first vice president Riek Machar.”

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It’s time for a Great Reset of capitalism

“There are many reasons to pursue a Great Reset, but the most urgent is COVID-19. The pandemic has already led to hundreds of thousands of deaths; it represents one of the worst public-health crises in recent history. And, with casualties still mounting in many parts of the world, it is far from over.”

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