Cameroon Health Workers Doubt Efficacy of Chinese COVID-19 Vaccines

“Health care workers in Cameroon say they are reluctant to take the coronavirus vaccines donated by China because they doubt the drug’s efficacy. On Sunday, 200,000 Sinopharm doses arrived in Cameroon’s capital. Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute accepted the vaccine donation on behalf of President Paul Biya at Yaounde’s international airport, in a ceremony that was broadcast live on state radio and television.”

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Rural COVID, Urban COVID: Africa Sees Sharp Divide

“Africa’s megacities will bear deep scars from this coronavirus pandemic. But 59% of the continent’s population lives in rural areas… and large-scale lockdowns have effectively sealed off these rural areas — for better and for worse, residents say.”

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Cameroon Prisoners Blame Overcrowding, Poor Hygiene for COVID-19 Spread

“Prisoners in Cameroon’s overcrowded prisons are protesting what they say is neglect in prison centers, leading to a rapid spread of the coronavirus. Over the past month, protests were reported in several locations, including the Kondengui Maximum Security Prison in the capital, Yaounde, the New Bell prison in the coastal city of Douala, and the central prison in the English-speaking western town of Bamenda, according to authorities.”

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Central African States Say COVID-19, Conflicts Halt Integration

“The Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) says armed conflict and the coronavirus pandemic have seriously damaged the economies of the six member-countries and put a halt to regional integration.  The economic block, one of the least developed on the African continent, marked its 27th anniversary this week in Cameroon.”

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Ramaphosa Addresses South Africa’s Corruption

“South Africa’s president has delivered a withering description of the corruption that plagues the ruling African National Congress. Cyril Ramaphosa began his castigation with the controversy surrounding the awarding of contracts to help the country deal with the COVID-19 contagion.”

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Botswana Ends 7-Week Lockdown

“Botswana’s 48-day lockdown ended at midnight Wednesday after gradually relaxing restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus in the diamond rich southern African country. All businesses and schools are now cleared to reopen under government guidelines, including individual temperature checks, use of face masks and regular sanitizing.”

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Ethiopian Airlines Loses $550 Million, But Believes It Can Survive

“Africa’s biggest airline, Ethiopian Airlines, has lost more than half-a-billion dollars since January because of the coronavirus pandemic. Despite the financial loss, the company’s CEO remains confident the airline can keep flying, in part by increasing its cargo business.”

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