News from Africa

Ghana 2-24-2021 receives Covax vaccine

Planes are landing at the capital with an initial 600,000 doses of the Covax vaccine. The county is the first nation to receive the Covax vaccine via an international sharing scheme. Sources indicate that frontline health care workers will be the first to be vaccinated. The AstraZeneca vaccine is being purchased by a pool of poorer nations but finance by more weather ones. The Covax scheme is led by the WHO and also involves the Global Vaccine Alliance (Gavi) and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (Cepi). Some developing countries have come under fire for purchasing more vaccines than they can use. They had purchased the vaccine at a tremendous cost before the vaccine had been proven effective. Now, many nations have a surplus that they are hoping to either sell or donate to other nations.

Sudan 2-22-2021 financial crisis deepens

The Central Bank announced that it was devaluating the country’s currency. This drastic measure had been expected. The country has been reeling from a financial crisis. Widespread shortages and inflation had made it hard for the average person to survive. It is believed and hoped that the devaluation will stabilize the economy.  The measure is accompanied by increased exchange controls and was expected by donors and the IMF, who demanded “monetary truth”. The pound will now be more closely aligned to the black-market rate. The country’s donor nations had insisted the country allow its currency to float. In this matter, market forces would drive the value and reflect political and economic realities. The IMF has demanded the financial changes in consideration of granting debt relief.

DRC 2-22-2021 Italian Ambassador is killed

Working for one’s foreign services can be hazardous duty. Some foreign diplomats are specifically targeted by local groups, extremists or otherwise. Some African nations are unstable and have endured years of civil strife. The Italian Ambassador was traveling in a U.N convey when it was attacked. It is believed that the convoy was on a strictly humanitarian mission to feed people. It is not clear who was behind the attack. Authorities believe that a kidnapping was the probable motive. Luca Attanasio was killed only with two members of his team. There has been not further information as to others being killed in the attach. The PM for Italy issued a statement expressing condolences for the loss of its countrymen’s lives. The attacked occurred on a road that had previously been cleared for travel without security escort.