World Health Organisation

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COVID-19 testing laboratories are helping African countries win the race against time

Early detection has been instrumental in limiting the spread of the virus and has helped countries trace, isolate and treat confirmed cases. Supported by the African Development Bank, several countries on the continent have achieved a logistical and scientific feat.

Gates Foundation will still fund COVID-19 vaccines despite South African variant

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has expressed disappointment at the news of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca which appears to provide no measurable effect on mild or moderate disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 variant.

COVID-19 data on men and women is critical

COVID-19 deaths differ among men and women but the differences are not reported. Such data is key to developing effective solutions to fight COVID-19.

Social media fake news is fuelling COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy

A substantial proportion of people may refuse or delay taking a COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccine hesitancy is a severe threat to global health, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Africa’s low COVID-19 rates explained

Evidence increasingly shows that COVID-19 cases involve mostly people aged over 60 years. In Africa, the median age of the population is 19.4 years, with 60% of the population under the age of 25.

Steady decline of COVID-19 cases across Africa

Starting 20 July to 20 September 2020, 77,147 new cases were reported, down from 131,647 recorded from 20 May to mid-July. Deaths attributed to COVID-19 have also remained low across Africa.

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.