Early childhood development centres in South Africa, particularly in low-income communities, provide services which many of these children and their families wouldn’t cope without.
We asked over 1,000 people whether the lifting of restrictions in England signals the end of the pandemic – the majority thought it didn’t.
People wait to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
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South Africa is in a new phase of the COVID pandemic. But vaccination remains crucial.
A deserted Lagos road during the pandemic lockdown in April 2020.
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Lockdown and stay-at-home orders may not benefit societies dominated by informal economies.
Vaccination rates in South Africa are sub-optimal.
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South Africa is still likely to experience periods of increased cases, smaller-scale outbreaks and even the development of new variants.
Operating in crisis mode for COVID-19, TB, or any other health catastrophe is difficult to sustain.
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In 2020 TB case detection fell by almost 20% and mortality rose for the first time in a decade. These setbacks are directly attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Head porters from the northern part of Ghana are victims of institutional weakness.
Unresolved historical injustices, deepened in new forms, undermined compliance with Ghana’s COVID lockdown.
Learning recovery requires both in-school and out-of-school programmes.
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Researchers estimate that COVID-19 disruptions in 2020 set back the education system by five years.
Social media is popular among young Nigerians.
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The study indicates that social media platforms are central to how young adults make sense of COVID-19 news and messages.
Afrigen, a biotechnology company based in Cape Town, South Africa, is developing Africa’s first proprietary COVID-19 vaccine.
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With the manufacturing capacity and access to relevant technology, African countries can reduce their dependency on international manufacturers for vaccines.
There are large inequalities between those who have been vaccinated and those who have not.
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Income plays a large role in shaping the structural barriers people face in accessing vaccination.
Students at a primary school in Nairobi, Kenya, queue to have their temperature taken when public schools fully reopened on 4 January 2021.
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Despite government efforts to provide digital resources for students kept out of school for most of 2020, access to these platforms was deeply unequal
COVID self-testing is widespread in developed countries.
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One of the consequences of the failure of developing countries like South Africa to authorise self-testing is that it is driving a thriving black market.
Juliet Namanda teaching children at her home in Kampala, Uganda, due to school closures.
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Emerging evidence shows that, for young people, the effects of COVID on education have already been devastating.
Researchers at Florida International University successfully trained One Betta, a Dutch Shepard, and three other dogs to detect COVID-19 on face masks. The dogs got it right 96% to 99% of the time.
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Dogs have such sensitive noses that they can be trained to detect the odors of crop pests, endangered species, illegal drugs – and diseases like COVID-19.
As the pandemic winds down, continual surveillance of wild animals is vital to ensure that it doesn’t switch to another sphere of life.
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A growing body of research shows that COVID-19 protocols should be extended to areas in which there is a human-animal interface such as zoos, wildlife sanctuaries and game farms.
Bringing vaccine manufacturing closer to Africa to speed up supply is important for building capacity in the region.
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After addressing the issue of vaccine supply, closing gaps in logistics performance is critical to changing the course of the pandemic in Africa.