African countries are turning to Russia, India, and China for COVID-19 vaccines despite skepticism

“As more African countries record the second wave of coronavirus infections, and some record novel and more infectious variants, African governments are turning toward COVID-19 vaccines produced by Russia, India, and China despite skepticism about some of these vaccines.”

via Quartz Africa

An Africa unconstrained by a self-fulfilling debt narrative will rebound after COVID-19

“Africa’s debt narrative tends to forget the agency of African governments and instead focuses on portraying other players either as saviors or bogeymen.”

via Quartz Africa

Two Nigerian laboratories have taken big steps to boost genetics medicine in Africa

“The few African human genomic data we already have were produced out of Africa for Africans. Now we can produce African data in Africa for Africans.”

via Quartz Africa

How working from home helped Starbucks expand in South Africa’s pandemic-hit economy

“Starbucks South Africa is expanding with a multi-pronged retail approach and a focus on remote workers who need a break from working in their home environments. The strategy has seen the brand planning to add eight new outlets to the 14 stores already operating in and around Johannesburg and Durban.”

via Quartz Africa

Scientists are worried a second wave of COVID-19 infections is starting in Kenya

“There has been a resurgence in Egypt, the Dem. Rep. of Congo, and South Africa that may be the beginning of a second wave, but in Kenya, the picture looks different. Kenya appears to be fully experiencing a second wave.”

via Quartz Africa

COVID-19 is robbing young African soccer talent of their big-time European ambitions

“Mounting losses have also made it difficult, or even impossible, for some clubs to recruit players from abroad. Teams are potentially losing out on a cohort of soccer talent. Prospective players in Africa, meanwhile, are losing out on the opportunity of a lifetime.”

via Quartz Africa

A successful Ebola vaccine delivery shows how a COVID-19 vaccine would work in Africa

“The Ebola vaccine developed by Merck also used ultra-cold equipment of about -70 oC and we were able to deploy that vaccine in the Democratic Republic of Congo to respond to the North Kivu outbreak where more than 300,000 people were immunized.”

via Quartz Africa

A breakthrough in COVID-19 wastewater checks could speed up tests for informal settlements

“Countries around the world have been monitoring their sewer systems for COVID-19. But in sub-Saharan Africa, less than 10% of the population is connected to the sewer network. Instead of sampling sewers, South Africa’s Water Research Commission decided to look for COVID-19 RNA in three rivers and one surface runoff from an informal settlement in the province of Gauteng.”

via Quartz Africa

The challenges African countries face to get hold of the COVID-19 vaccine

“GAVI, the global vaccine alliance, has been securing vaccine candidates to make the vaccine equally accessible to low-income countries. However, the countries may be required to share some of the costs of delivery which is up to $1.60 to $2 per dose. The economies of most African countries may not be able to afford the vaccine delivery.”

via Quartz Africa

Migrant remittances to Africa are proving resilient despite a global pandemic

“Early World Bank estimates in April had predicted a 23.1% drop in remittances to sub-Saharan African countries this year in the wake of economic shocks in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. But the bank’s updated estimates portray a more positive outlook.”

via Quartz Africa