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COVID-19 in Africa: Media articles

Each weekday the Foundation highlights a number of media articles that we have found interesting and relevant to COVID-19 in Africa. Sharing here is not an endorsement of the views linked, but a spur for further discussion. Join that discussion by engaging with one of our social media accounts, linked at the top of this page.

The recorded totals mentioned here are current as of 10:52 GMT on 23 July 2021.

COVID-19 in Africa: key resources
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AU CDC COVID-19 dashboard @Africa CDC
Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 data dashboard @JohnsHopkinsSPH
WHO COVID-19 homepage @WHO
COVID-19 in Africa: latest updates
  • Africa has confirmed 6,368,317 cases of COVID-19 (data sourced from Johns Hopkins University).
  • Yesterday brought the good news that Pfizer will start manufacturing COVID-19 vaccines in Africa, for Africa, in 2022. However, whilst more vaccines are on their way, it’s not soon enough, with many countries still at peak risk.
COVID-19 in Africa: country updates

Burkina Faso: Pr Charlemagne Ouédraogo, the very first Minister of health at the FAIB 

Burkina Faso’s Minister of Health, Charlemagne Ouédraogo held a meeting with members of the Federation of Islamic Associations of Burkina Faso to seek the support of the Muslim community to mobilise the population to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

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Covid: towards the end of free treatment for unvaccinated Cameroonians

Cameroonian authorities are warning people who refuse to be vaccinated against the coronavirus that they may soon have to pay for their own medical care if they contract COVID-19.

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Tanzania places 'massive' order for COVID-19 vaccines

Tanzania has placed a “massive” order with the African Union for COVID-19 vaccines, marking a turnaround for the country’s government, which previously made no effort to secure doses and whose recently deceased former president repeatedly belittled the science behind the coronavirus.

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Learners in South Africa up to one school year behind where they should be 

UNICEF has reported that learners in South Africa are up to one school year behind where they ought to be. UNICEF is calling for urgent action to protect schools from vandalism, as well as ongoing compliance to COVID-19 safety measures.

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COVID-19 in Africa: economic impact