Latest Developments

Pfizer to supply 4.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to South Africa by June

“Pfizer will ship 4.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to South Africa by June, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said in a statement.”

via Reuters

Uganda Health Ministry Confirms One Indian COVID-19 Variant Case

“The executive director of Uganda Virus Research Institute Pontiano Kaleebu, said the case was detected in Kampala although he did not give more details about the patient.”

via Tuko

India’s COVID-19 crisis is wake-up call for Africa: AU health chief

“African nations generally do not have sufficient numbers of healthcare workers, hospital beds or oxygen supplies – and the continent of 1.3 billion would be even more overwhelmed than India if cases surged in a similar way, said John Nkengasong, head of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.”

via Al Jazeera

Africa CDC head appeals to avoid mass gatherings

“‘Do not have mass gatherings,’ said John Nkengasong while addressing a weekly press briefing on the continent’s response to COVID-19. ‘We cannot be complacent.’”

via Anadolu Agency

Kenya suspends flight to India over COVID-19 surge

“Social media platforms were swamped with messages Wednesday that insisted the Health Ministry act following reports that a passenger plane had left India and was headed for the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.”

via Anadolu Agency

Botswana president in self-quarantine, to miss meeting on Mozambique attacks

“Botswana’s president will miss a Southern African regional meeting he had been due to chair on Thursday to discuss recent attacks on Mozambique after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19, prompting him to self-quarantine, his office said on Tuesday.”

via Reuters

Botswana Secures Enough Vaccine Doses For Its Adult Population

“The diamond-rich southern Africa country agreed deals with vaccine manufacturers to cover inoculation of 1.9 million people out of a total population of 2.4 million. Those eligible for vaccination, or are above 18 years, are 1.6 million.”

via Bloomberg

IFC Partners with Djibouti-Based EAB Bank to Strengthen its Risk and Credit Framework

“A partnership signed today between IFC and Djibouti-based East Africa Bank (EAB) will help EAB better mitigate financial risks which have been amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic and improve its sustainability.”

via IFC

Egypt Vows to Boost Private Sector Growth in New Economic Plan

“Egypt’s government said it was going to focus on boosting private sector growth, increasing exports and accelerating the digitization of the economy, as it outlined a three-year structural reform plan key to helping overcome the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.”

via Bloomberg

Vaccinated Kenyans flouting COVID-19 measures

“The Kenyan governors urged every Kenyan to adhere to the COVID-19 mitigation measures such as social distancing, wearing of masks, and washing hands in fighting the virus.”

via Anadolu Agency