Yellen warns that slow vaccine rollout in poor countries poses threat to U.S., global economies

“Yellen called on richer countries to step up both economic and public health assistance to poorer nations reeling from COVID-19. She noted as many as 150 million people across the world risk falling into extreme poverty as a result of the crisis.”

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China and other countries are stepping into Africa’s worsening debt crisis

“Chinese banks have offered significant debt restructuring both before and during the coronavirus era acting within and outside of the G-20 arrangements.”

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Coronavirus vaccinations have started. But people in Africa face a much longer wait.

“Public health officials warn that stark disparities are emerging as wealthier countries reserve most of the world’s doses, while poorer countries have secured scarce amounts.”

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Coronavirus vaccinations have started. But people in Africa face a much longer wait.

“Of the 47 countries in the AFRO region, 22 (47%) have never reported sexdisaggregated data on confirmed COVID-19 cases and 35 countries (75%) have never reported such data on deaths. Incomplete and irregular reporting of data by sex poses a challenge in designing and monitoring effective COVID-19 responses.”

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Africa has defied the COVID-19 nightmare scenarios. We shouldn’t be surprised.

“This should have been a moment for media outlets to challenge corrosive narratives about Africa and the idea that Africans are not capable of effective policy-making. We could be learning from the experiences that Africans and their governments have had with pandemics and viral diseases, including Ebola and AIDS.”

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COVID-19 is accelerating multilateralism in Africa

“To combat the spread of infection while minimizing social and economic disruptions, Africa is promoting multilateralism through cooperation and coordination among its countries.”

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The coronavirus is jeopardizing a ‘very, very finite’ workforce: Africa’s doctors and nurses

“The coronavirus pandemic has tightened its grip on much of Africa, where reported cases have more than tripled over the last month, jeopardizing overstretched medical teams as the need for care soars.”

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The global child mortality rate could rise for the first time in more than 60 years, experts warn

“Fear is another lethal hazard of this pandemic, blocking the youngest patients from basic care as everyday medical appointments grind to a halt across Africa, South America and southeast Asia. Such disruptions could fuel the first rise in the global child mortality rate since doctors began tracking it in 1960, according to a report published Tuesday in the Lancet Global Health journal.”

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The risk of rich countries neglecting poorer ones during the pandemic

“The pandemic is not a great leveler. The novel coronavirus outbreak has exposed socioeconomic divides within countries, disproportionately affecting the working class, minorities and other vulnerable communities. It has also exposed the gulf between the world’s wealthy nations and poorer ones.”

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South Africa is hunting down coronavirus with thousands of health workers

“As South Africa’s health experts watched the coronavirus race through Europe and begin to seed itself in their country, they made a pivotal decision.”

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