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Operating in crisis mode for COVID-19, TB, or any other health catastrophe is difficult to sustain. Seyllou/AFP via Getty Images

Like COVID, TB is a pandemic and must be treated as an emergency

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.
Afrigen, a biotechnology company based in Cape Town, South Africa, is developing Africa’s first proprietary COVID-19 vaccine. Kristin Palitza/picture alliance via Getty Images

How trying to copy a COVID vaccine changes the outlook for African countries

With the manufacturing capacity and access to relevant technology, African countries can reduce their dependency on international manufacturers for vaccines.
Students at a primary school in Nairobi, Kenya, queue to have their temperature taken when public schools fully reopened on 4 January 2021. Gordwin Odhiambo/AFP via Getty Images

Deeper divide: what Kenya’s pandemic school closures left in their wake

Despite government efforts to provide digital resources for students kept out of school for most of 2020, access to these platforms was deeply unequal
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. Joe Raedle/Staff/Getty Images North America

Dogs can be trained to sniff out COVID-19 – a team of forensic researchers explain the science

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.
Bringing vaccine manufacturing closer to Africa to speed up supply is important for building capacity in the region. Guerchom Ndebo/Getty Images

COVID vaccines: African countries need to fix their distribution chains

After addressing the issue of vaccine supply, closing gaps in logistics performance is critical to changing the course of the pandemic in Africa.