Africa’s vaccine rollout ‘a mess’ as shortages hit second shots

“India’s devastating coronavirus surge has left Africa’s vaccination campaign in disarray, with growing signs that countries will be unable to offer second doses as deliveries to the continent dry up.”

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‘A hidden pandemic’: Lockdown fatigue and lack of vaccines put Africa at risk of COVID-19 surge

“The worst chapter may be only ‘just beginning’ in Africa, where case numbers are ticking upwards in some countries and vaccination campaigns have barely begun. According to Dr Ayoade Alakija, co-chair of the Africa Union Vaccine Delivery Alliance, a lack of testing has masked the true scale of the outbreak of the continent’s ‘hidden pandemic.'”

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Tanzania: The lockdown-free ‘Sweden of Africa’ that’s welcoming British tourists

“Tanzania never issued a lockdown, reports a (dubiously) low case count, and you can enter restriction-free.”

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About 16,000 migrants being held in just one Saudi centre, Ethiopian official reveals

“Dozens of Saudi prisons are housing Ethiopians and that about 16,000 Ethiopian migrants are being held at just one detention centre at Al Shumasi, near the holy city of Mecca. Using smuggled phones detainees detailed horrific accounts of disease, beatings, and suicide.”

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African migrants ‘left to die’ in Saudi Arabia’s hellish COVID-19 detention centres

“Saudi Arabia, one of the wealthiest countries on earth, is keeping hundreds if not thousands of African migrants locked in heinous conditions reminiscent of Libya’s slave camps as part of a drive to stop the spread of COVID-19.”

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The developing world faces a health, economic and security crisis that will dwarf the impact of COVID-19

“It would be a mistake to ignore the problems brewing abroad, particularly in low income countries and fragile states. It is here that the poorest, most vulnerable members of our global community are most likely to be found. Unless the international community acts to help them now, we should be prepared for human tragedies far more brutal and destructive than the direct health impacts of the virus.”

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Some say there is a trade-off: save lives or save jobs – this is a false dilemma

“As the world responds to COVID-19, country after country is faced with the need to contain the spread of the virus at the cost of bringing its society and economy to a standstill. At face value there is a trade-off to make: either save lives or save livelihoods. This is a false dilemma – getting the virus under control is, if anything, a prerequisite to saving livelihoods.”

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