Paul Kagame: “Until Africans get the COVID-19 vaccinations they need, the whole world will suffer”

“Africa is not sitting back and waiting for charity. We have learned our lessons from the past. All we ask for is transparency and fairness in vaccine access, not the protectionism currently in play.”

via The Guardian (UK)

Nine out of 10 in poor nations to miss out on inoculation as West buys up COVID-19 vaccines

“Nine out of 10 people in 70 low-income countries are unlikely to be vaccinated against COVID-19 next year because the majority of the most promising vaccines coming on-stream have been bought up by the west, campaigners have said.”

via The Guardian (UK)

Deaths in Nigerian city raise concerns over undetected COVID-19 outbreaks

“Nigeria’s president has announced an immediate two-week lockdown in Kano, the largest city in the north, after local reports of a big rise in deaths in recent days. The federal government would deploy ‘all the necessary human, material and technical resources’ to support Kano state, Muhammadu Buhari said on Monday night. Doctors in Kano say they have seen a surge in fatal cases of pneumonia.”

via The Guardian (UK)

‘It’s just beginning here’: Africa turns to testing as pandemic grips the continent

“Though some of the worst effects of infection may be mitigated by the relative youth of many people on the continent, others may be made more vulnerable by malnutrition or existing conditions, such as HIV. Under-resourced health systems are unlikely to cope with a significant surge of those infected by the disease… Many countries with populations numbering tens of millions have only a handful of ventilators.”

via The Guardian (UK)