Weekly Regional COVID-19 updates – 16 Sept 2020:

Given the political drivers of COVID-19, this research publication argues that this is an important moment to advance International Relations knowledge as a necessary and distinctive method for inclusion in the WHO repertoire of knowledge inputs for epidemic control.

Source: https://www.chathamhouse.org/publication/ia/why-covid-19-response-needs-international-relations

Al Jazeera tracks Covid-19 cases in Africa and experts warn that fragile healthcare systems in many nations could be overwhelmed in the face of a severe COVID-19 outbreak.

Source: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/04/tracking-africa-coronavirus-cases-200401081427251.html

The need for global cooperation has never been more visible or more crucial. Unfortunately, the UN has so far in 2020 not been able to transform rhetoric into reality.

Source: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)31900-0/fulltext

Global survey of vaccine confidence shows that perceptions about the safety of jabs are much more volatile than before.

Source: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/09/misinformation-political-instability-hamper-vaccine-trust-study-200911074500691.html

COVID-19 vaccine trial resumes in the UK after safety review

Source: https://www.thesouthafrican.com/news/covid-19-vaccine-trial-resumes-uk-safety-review/

South Africa:

Covid-19 may have already infected 20 million in South Africa, says Prof Madhi

Source: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-09-14-covid-19-may-have-already-infected-20-million-in-south-africa-says-prof-madhi/

Public engagement is crucial in determining priorities for Covid-19 public policy

Source: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-09-14-public-engagement-is-crucial-in-determining-priorities-for-covid-19-public-policy/


Diplomats Warn Zimbabwe Against Using COVID-19 to Restrict Citizen Rights

Source: https://www.voanews.com/africa/diplomats-warn-zimbabwe-against-using-covid-19-restrict-citizen-rights


Malawi president Lazarus Chakwera is calling for collaborative efforts in the fight against coronavirus, which has so far infected nearly 6,000 Malawians and killed over 170 others.  But commentators say the government should also tackle other diseases rather than focusing on COVID-19 alone.

Source: https://www.voanews.com/covid-19-pandemic/malawi-president-calls-united-front-against-covid-19

Malawi Sees Spike in Teen Pregnancies and Early Marriage During COVID Lockdown

Source: https://www.voanews.com/africa/malawi-sees-spike-teen-pregnancies-early-marriage-during-covid-lockdown


Health Minister Silvia Lutucuta Wednesday in Luanda called on health professionals to continue working in an inclusive and harmonious way with other sectors of society, particularly defence and national security bodies, as they are the “direct arms” of the medical class.

Source: https://allafrica.com/stories/202009110867.html

Angola has increased its capacity for mass Covid-19 tests, with the Viana Laboratory Diagnostic Centre coming into operation this Thursday, with the capacity to process 6,000 samples per day.

Source: https://allafrica.com/stories/202009110401.html


Mozambique Situation Report, 10 September 2020

Source: https://reports.unocha.org/en/country/mozambique/


The Covid-19 pandemic is worsening a food crisis in Eswatini.

Source: https://allafrica.com/stories/202008240747.html