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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 11:14 GMT on 8 March 2021.

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COVID-19 in Africa: country updates

Ghana becomes first country to deliver coronavirus vaccines via drone  

Ghana has become the first country to launch a nationwide programme to deliver coronavirus vaccines with drones.  

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Nigeria: Leaders get COVID-19 jab to encourage citizens

Nigeria’s President and Vice President received their COVID-19 vaccinations on television to encourage citizens to get vaccinated. 

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South African COVID variant may be an evolutionary mistake 

A study has found that people infected with the South African variant of COVID-19 gain a strong immunity to the original strain. The research also suggests that we may not need to repeatedly alter COVID-19 vaccines to keep up with new variants of the virus. 

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Zanzibar leader Maalim Seif Hamad died just as new dawn was rising over the Indian Ocean archipelago 

One of the consequences of Tanzanian President John Magufuli’s denial of the COVID-19 pandemic was the death of Maalim Seif Hamad, the dominant figure in Zanzibari politics for four decades.

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COVID-19 in Africa: economic impact