COVID-19: Are we really in this together?

“In March 2021, several wealthy member states of the World Trade Organisation rejected a request by more than 80 developing countries to waive patents for COVID-19 vaccines to increase access for some of the world’s poorest.”

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AfDB says COVID-19 is giving East Africa chance to renegotiate debt

“East Africa was the continent’s most resilient region in 2020 due to less reliance on primary commodities and greater diversification compared with other parts of Africa… The region’s real GDP growth will rebound to 3% in 2021 from 0.7% in 2020, with Djibouti, Tanzania, and Rwanda as the potential top performers.”

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West Africa: Airline Asky remains determined to make its mark despite COVID-19

“Even though the IATA warns that the sector will probably not return to normal until 2024, the company’s management refuses to give up. And, while waiting for possible aid from public authorities and financial development institutions, Asky has sought help from its shareholders.”

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Coronavirus: Ngozi, Diop & Tedros unite to break the vaccine deadlock in Africa

“Africa accounts for only a small share of global vaccinations. According to the WHO Regional Office for Africa, only 2% of the 690 million vaccines administered worldwide have been administered on the African continent.”

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Four lessons from COVID-19 to help African leaders prepare for next pandemic

“African leaders must end the over-dependence on foreign aid and be self-sufficient in vaccinating Africans. In the face of vaccine nationalism by richer western nations, this is the right thing to do to prepare for the next pandemic.”

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Waiving Covid-19 vaccine patent would speed up production, says Afreximbank’s Fofack

“The gap between developed and developing countries is determining access to vaccines. If it’s left to the market, Africa will be at the back of the queue. That is what we are witnessing now.”

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South Africa eyes post-COVID-19 future, but ‘we are not out of the woods yet’ warns Mkhize

“Third and fourth waves are still a distinct possibility for South Africa, warns health minister Zweli Mkhize. A major coup in securing 9 million doses of the single shot Johnson and Johnson vaccines should help South Africa gain population immunity in 2021.”

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Guinea: Ebola’s resurgence in the midst of COVID-19

“The Guinean health authorities announced the resurgence of Ebola less than a month after the death of the first official victim, who was a nurse from Gouécké, at the end of January.”

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In a time of COVID-19, we must not forget other tropical diseases

“Due to the ‘covidization’ of research in recent times, Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) such as leprosy are being overlooked, even though nearly two billion people globally are affected.”

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How new COVID-19 measures on air travel are hitting African airlines

“While borders are closing again, airlines – which saw their air traffic fall by 69.8% during 2020 for the African continent alone – must adapt to the different policies adopted by each country: checking tests – PCR or antigenic depending on the country – of passengers and/or their staff, changing health protocols.”

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