News & Analysis: Testing

Precision Medicine and Entrepreneurship: Shaping the Future of Health in Africa?

COVID-19 Africa Watch talks to Dr. Abasi Ene-Obong, CEO of 54gene, about genomics research and precision medicine in Africa, as well as his company’s response to COVID-19.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Africa needs urgent investment in coronavirus treatments

“Investment in equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, treatments and tests should not be seen by wealthy nations as a charitable donation, but rather an essential investment to ensure that everyone is protected. To provide treatments around the world we need $7.2bn. So far, only $300m has been pledged “

via African Business Magazine

Government mulls lockdown amid surge in COVID-19 cases (Kenya)

“Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Mercy Mwangangi said all indications and warnings from health experts pointed to a possible surge in COVID-19 infection in Kenya.”

via Tuko

11 arrested at Entebbe Airport with fake COVID-19 certificates

“Police at Entebbe International Airport have arrested 11 intending travelers after they were found with forged COVID-19 negative test certificates just hours after Uganda’s virus cases reached 10,590 on Sunday.”

via Daily Monitor

Tracking, tracing and transparency

“Whereas the recording of personal information is a practical and a necessary one, what happens to that information when this is all over and does tracking and tracing fit within the frameworks of our constitution?”

via Mail & Guardian

Regional business body calls for end to COVID-19 border testing

“The East African Business Council (EABC) on Thursday, October 15, called upon the East African Community Partner States to put an end to testing of COVID-19 at border points, in order to decongest traffic at the border crossings and increase intra-EAC trade.”

via The New Times

SARS-CoV-2 testing in low- and middle-income countries: availability and affordability in the private health sector

“SARS-CoV-2 testing is a major bottleneck globally, especially in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). As the public health sector struggles to meet the increasing need for tests, there is a potential role for the private health sector to expand SARS-CoV-2 testing capacity.”

via Microbes and Infection

Uganda: Truck drivers buy COVID-19 results at Shs150,000

“Long distance truck drivers and their association leaders confirm that since they are required to enter into some East African countries with a COVID-19 negative certificate, the easiest way to acquire it is to pay between Shs50,000 and Shs150,000.”

via Daily Monitor

World Bank Approves $12 Billion for COVID-19 Vaccines

“The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved an envelope of $12 billion for developing countries to finance the purchase and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, tests, and treatments for their citizens.”

via World Bank

Scientists on how Africa has so far weathered the worst of COVID-19’s health impact

“In many African countries, COVID-19 severity and mortality has been much lower than originally predicted based on experience in China and Europe. Africa’s much younger population explains a very large part of the apparent difference. Some of the remaining gap is probably due to under reporting of events but there are a number of other plausible explanations.”

via Quartz Africa