News & Analysis: Health impact

COVID-19 hotspot alert for Cape Town as virus resurges

“The Western Cape Government said it is deeply concerned about the growing number of COVID-19 infections and hospitalisations in the province, which can now be considered as an established resurgence… Over the last week alone, the province has witnessed a 52.1% jump in new cases/”

via Business Tech

African Health Ministers urge greater vigilance in COVID-19 fight

“African Health Ministers gathering for the resumed Seventieth session of the World Health Organization Regional Committee for Africa took stock this week of the region’s efforts in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic, with calls to step up vigilance and head off a possible resurgence of infections.”

via WHO Africa

Zimbabwe: Expecting mothers bear brunt of pandemic

“Since the outbreak of COVID-19, landlocked southern African country Zimbabwe is reporting increasing cases of stillbirths. Official statistics have counted 97 stillbirths in the main hospital in Harare in five months, mostly due to lack of urgent medical attention as health workers are hesitant to attend to patients, without protective gear.”

via Anadolu Agency

Cost of COVID-19 Vaccine in Roll-Out Plan in Kenya

“Kenyans could pay as low as Ksh 327 or as high as Ksh 2,725 for a COVID-19 vaccine depending on the type that will be approved by the Ministry of Health. Astra Zeneca stated that it would sell its vaccine to developing countries at US $3 (Ksh 327). Other vaccines on the market include one made by Pfizer which will cost nearly Ksh 2,000 a dose and Moderna’s which trades at between Ksh1,635 and Ksh2,725.”


South African researchers are looking at medicinal plants for possible COVID-19 treatments

“Researchers at the Durban Institute of Technology have identified bioactive compounds in indigenous plants which could be effective against SARS-CoV-2. The species chosen were based on their use for the common cold, flu, other respiratory conditions, antimalarial, antiviral and antioxidant activity. The second phase of the study will test the compounds in the laboratory.”

via The Conversation

How COVID-19 vaccine registration will work in South Africa

“Before any COVID-19 vaccines can be made available in South Africa, they must be authorised by South Africa’s medicines regulator – the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA).”

via Daily Maverick

A successful Ebola vaccine delivery shows how a COVID-19 vaccine would work in Africa

“The Ebola vaccine developed by Merck also used ultra-cold equipment of about -70 oC and we were able to deploy that vaccine in the Democratic Republic of Congo to respond to the North Kivu outbreak where more than 300,000 people were immunized.”

via Quartz Africa

Eastern Cape: South Africa’s latest COVID-19 hotspot

“Most provinces have reported lower COVID-19 infection rates but infections in the Eastern Cape — and in particular Nelson Mandela Bay — have spiked in the past few weeks.”

via Financial Mail

Rwanda seeks $15m to acquire COVID-19 vaccine once available

“As a country, we are currently part of the Covax framework, a global initiative that aims to speedily and affordably secure doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for member countries, once the vaccine is available. We are therefore mobilizing $15 million that we’ll spend on acquiring doses of the vaccine once it is available.”

via The New Times

Kenya: Horror of Covid-sick doctors forced to treat patients

“If doctors get the virus and show no symptoms, they are still made to work. Only those with symptoms or who are severely ill are excluded from duty. We’re putting our lives and those of patients at risk.”

via Daily Nation