News & Analysis: Health impact

COVID-19: Africans are Hospitalized and Dying in India

As India’s COVID-19 disaster continues to unfold, Africans in the country are facing grim health risks and financial hardships, with uncertain prospects of when they will be able to return home.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

COVID-19 in Nigeria

“While the government was prompt to address the health and socio-economic dimensions of the pandemic, the lockdowns, school closures and other emergency restrictions were imposed hurriedly without adequate preparation and poor consultation with appropriate stakeholders.”


Seychelles: World’s Most Vaccinated Nation Activates Curbs as Cases Rise

“Seychelles, which has fully vaccinated more of its population against COVID-19 than any other country, has closed schools and canceled sporting activities for two weeks as infections surge.”

via Bloomberg

‘There are no vaccines’: COVID-19 fears rise in Africa as inoculations stall

“African health officials aim to vaccinate at least 30 percent of the 1.2 billion population by the end of the year, rising to 60 percent or higher after that. But supply constraints, logistical problems and vaccine hesitancy mean immunisation campaigns have been patchy.”

via Financial Times

Nigeria bans travellers from India, Brazil, Turkey over COVID-19 fears

“‘Non-Nigerian passport holders and non-residents who visited Brazil, India or Turkey within Fourteen (14) days preceding travel to Nigeria, shall be denied entry into Nigeria,’ Boss Mustapha, chairman of the presidential steering committee on COVID-19, said in a statement.”

via Reuters

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

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.”

via The Telegraph

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

COVID-19 cases in Africa much more than reported, says UN

“31 out of 46 African countries conducted fewer than 10 tests per 10,000 people per week, says UN health agency.”

via Anadolu Agency

Why has South Africa’s vaccine rollout been so slow?

“To date just over 293,000 South Africans have had received their jab, which represents only a fraction of the 1.25 million healthcare workers who are first in line.”

via Quartz Africa