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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).

Africaโ€™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.

We also have to fight the COVID-19 โ€œinfodemicโ€

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.