World Health Organisation

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Fighting the COVID-19 infodemic across Africa

To contain and mitigate the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) misinformation pandemic needs multi-levelled, socio-cultural approaches.

We also have to fight the COVID-19 “infodemic”

Research on social media propaganda shows that bystander inaction can encourage the proliferation of fake news. Anyone with access to the internet can contribute to the war on misinformation.

Africa’s COVID-19 R&D priorities

A new study focusing on Africa uncovers new COVID-19 R&D priorities relevant to the continent. African policymakers should use the findings to prioritise research funding.

COVID-19 could prove to be a springboard for R&D across Africa

COVID-19 is taking heavy toll on Africa’s already fragile healthcare systems. It has also led to increased R&D for creating long-term solutions that could help the continent.

COVID-19 vaccine trials are at risk after Africa racism backlash

Many Africans have taken to social media to say that they will not take part in COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials following ‘racist’ comments from French researchers. As a result, scientists fear COVID-19 clinical research will be compromised.

Key drivers of good messaging in a time of crisis: expertise, empathy, and timing

For science communicators to be effective, best practice principles need to be applied to the design of messages, the choice of who conveys those messages, and their tone and timing.

Public transport in African cities and the spread of COVID-19

In several African cities, overcrowding is rampant in the public transport sector. This is a problem when it comes to trying to stop the spread of COVID-19.