News & Analysis: Regional coordination

Africa CDC outlines ultracold storage strategy for COVID-19 vaccines

“During a press conference Thursday, Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention Director John Nkengasong outlined a strategy that will enable all African nations to roll out vaccines that require ultracold temperature storage.”

via Devex

COVID-19 shots to cost $3 to $10 under African Union vaccine plan

“African countries will pay between $3 and $10 per vaccine dose to access 270 million COVID-19 shots secured this month by the African Union (AU), according to a draft briefing on the plan prepared by the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) and provided to Reuters.”

via Reuters

EAC states to get 39 million COVID-19 vaccine doses from AU

“East African Community members states are expected to receive some 39 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine from the African Union (AU), which has secured a deal to procure 270 million of the same for all member states.”

via The East African

African Union secures close to 300 million vaccine doses

“The 300 million doses are being secured independently of the global COVAX effort aimed at distributing COVID-19 vaccines to lower-income countries.”

via Associated Press

Here’s How Africans Can Advocate for Covid-19 Vaccine Equity

“Africans, it is time to take our destinies in our own hands and demand that our leaders do the right things to ensure everyone on the continent gets vaccinated against COVID-19, without waiting for handouts from richer nations.”

via AllAfrica

Mo Ibrahim: Why Africa must emerge more resilient from the COVID-19 crisis

“The COVID-19 pandemic has stressed economies and societies around the world, and in Africa the crisis risks reversing the governance and development successes of the last few decades.”

via Atlantic Council

Spain, Morocco Plan to Promote Post-COVID-19 Economic Recovery

“Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs Arancha Gonzalez Laya said on Tuesday that Spain and Morocco are engaged in promoting their economic recovery. Although the post-pandemic economic recovery is one priority for the two countries, Morocco and Spain share formal agreements in several fields, such as security.”

via Morocco World News

Central banks tackle COVID-19 with monetary policy measures

“Policymakers and central bankers in the West African Monetary Zone are tackling COVID-19-induced difficulties in the maintenance of price, financial system stability and sustainable growth in their economies. The central bank governors met in Lagos to discuss diverse and tailored measures deployed by them to meet the peculiar shocks the pandemic had exposed their individual economies. “

via The Nation (Nigeria)

Libya: Sayala calls for stepping up tailored COVID-19 response

“The Libyan mission to the United Nations participated in the 31st Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Foreign Minister Muhammad Sayala expressed hope that the convening of this special session would contribute to strengthening international solidarity, cooperation, and unit efforts towards confronting the epidemic.”

via Libya Observer

Afro-European Partnerships in Health: Accelerating Better Efficiency of Health Spending

“In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, many sub-Saharan African countries will face serious economic crises and shrinking public spending. One area that may be hit hardest is the health sector, where two decades of hard-fought gains in health access and outcomes may be at risk owing to declining public financing and uncertainty in donor programming.”

via Center for Global Development