New COVID-19 variants have changed the game, and vaccines will not be enough. We need global ‘maximum suppression’

“New ‘variants of concern’ have emerged and spread worldwide, putting current pandemic control efforts, including vaccination, at risk of being derailed. Put simply, the game has changed, and a successful global rollout of current vaccines by itself is no longer a guarantee of victory.”

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Lessons from the past: Protecting women and girls from violence during COVID-19

“A gender perspective is essential to health interventions because it anchors them in human rights and safety. But it also contributes to more effective and equitable pandemic control policies.”

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Why India is banking on health diplomacy to grow African footprint

“India has stepped up its global ambitions and foreign policy re-engagement with African countries in recent years. Its bilateral trade increased from $7.2 billion in 2001 to $63 billion in 2017/18. India is now the third largest export destination and the fifth largest investor on the continent.”

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Battling misinformation wars in Africa: Applying lessons from GMOs to COVID-19

“The flood of misinformation around vaccines evokes an eerie sense of déjà vu. It is reminiscent of the aggressively anti Genetically Modified Organism campaign that has stalled Africa’s efforts to improve the productivity and nutrition of key crops over the past three decades.”

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COVID-19 affects men and women differently. It’s important to track the data.

“Data by sex on hospitalisations is important because it helps to provide an understanding of severe illness that can inform preventive public health activities. It also helps to inform public health policy and actions when it comes to funding and supply decisions.”

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Benno Ndulu: Tanzania’s central banker who left an indelible legacy

“Professor Benno Ndulu, the former governor of the Bank of Tanzania who died on 22 February 2021 shone his light in Tanzania and beyond its borders. He used his knowledge and expertise to influence economic policy nationally, regionally, and internationally.”

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Small things can save lives: Coping with COVID-19 in resource-scarce hospitals

“COVID-19 has exacerbated the global shortage of health workers, already estimated to be over seven million before the pandemic.”

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What Tanzania’s COVID-19 vaccine reluctance means for its citizens and the world

“Tanzania’s health minister said earlier this month that the country has no plans to procure COVID-19 vaccines.”

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COVID-19: What happens if some countries don’t vaccinate?

“In countries where no significant proportion of the population is vaccinated, there is a huge risk of sustained community spread of COVID-19 over a prolonged period.”

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South African COVID-19 vaccine trials hold key lessons for future partnerships

“More than 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered globally to date. Only about 200,000 (0.2%) have been in Africa.”

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