Why Africa doesn’t have its own COVID-19 vaccine

“Efforts made by African scientists have been underway, but they have failed to get support from either the private or public sector.”

via Quartz Africa

African countries have an advantage in rolling out COVID-19 vaccines

“Africa is one of the most experienced regions in the world in dealing with disease outbreaks. It has successfully carried out several, sudden large-scale vaccine introductions and vaccinations in crowded urban centers and remote rural communities.”

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Africa’s diversified economies are set to rebound quicker than its extractive giants

“One of the many reasons, African economies have struggled has been the unprecedented capital outflows needed to help manage their economic lockdowns even as foreign direct investment all but disappeared. In 2020, FDI to Africa collapsed by 30%-40% and remittances fell by 9% leaving little room to maneuver for African finance ministers.”

via Quartz Africa

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.”

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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