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Vaccine Nationalism in the Context of COVID-19: An Obstacle to the Containment of the Pandemic

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to rage and fuel much political and economic turmoil, a new scourge is crashing down on the world: Vaccine nationalism. As a testimony of the fragmentation of global public health and the erosion of multilateralism…

Nationalisme Vaccinal À L’ère de la Covid-19: Un Frein À L’endiguement de la Pandémie / Vaccine Nationalism in the Context of Covid-19: An Obstacle to the Containment of the Pandemic

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to rage and fuel much political and economic turmoil, a new scourge is crashing down on the world: Vaccine nationalism. As a testimony of the fragmentation of global public health and the erosion of multilateralism…

How Pan-African Media helped Madagascar Advance its Claim of a COVID-19 'Miracle Cure' as a Form of Medical Diplomacy

Madagascar attracted global media attention in April 2020 when President Andry Rajoelina announced a plant-based tonic that he claimed could both prevent and cure the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). By then, the global outbreak was proliferating …

Liberians Laud Government's COVID-19 Response but Claim Unfair Distribution of Relief Assistance

Liberia has won international praise for its response to the coronavirus. Perhaps drawing on its experience with the Ebola pandemic, the government moved early with measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including screening at airports and a Sp…

Les Béninois Approuvent la Réponse Gouvernementale à la Pandémie de COVID-19 Mais Souhaitent une Assistance Plutôt Équitable / Beninese approve of Government Response to COVID-19 Pandemic but want more Equitable Assistance.

Since March 2020, the Beninese government has taken measures to avoid the spreading of the coronavirus. These measures, which are preventive in nature, consist of quarantining travelers or people who have been exposed to the risk of contamination, a…

Mauritians Praise Government's COVID-19 Response but Suspect Corruption, Distrust Politicians

The day after Mauritius recorded its first three cases of coronavirus in March 2020, the government closed the country’s borders and announced a nationwide lockdown. Schools were closed, public transport services were limited, private vehicles were …

La COVID-19 au Togo: Les Citoyens sont Satisfaits de la Réponse du Gouvernement mais Sceptiques quant aux Vaccins / The COVID-19 in Togo: Citizens are Satisfied with the Government's Response but Sceptical about Vaccines

Togo confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on March 6, 2020 and has since recorded 6,933 cases with 85 deaths. To control the spread of the coronavirus on its soil, the Togolese government has taken a battery of security, health, social and economic …

Les Sénégalais Approuvent la Réponse Gouvernementale à la Pandémie de COVID-19 mais Restent Sceptiques vis-à-vis des Vaccins / Senegalese Approve of Government Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic but Remain Sceptical of Vaccines

The outbreak of COVID-19 in China in late 2019 has had significant health and socio-economic consequences in Senegal and around the world. To contain the shock of the health crisis, the State of Senegal has adopted a resilience plan. This plan inclu…

A Test of Trust: Insights on South Africans' Views of the COVID-19 Vaccine from Public Opinion Data

South Africa has been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 1 million cases have been recorded, millions more have lost their livelihoods, and tens of thousands of people have succumbed to the disease. Scientific consensus suggests that vaccinat…

Zambians Approve of Government's COVID-19 Response Despite Questions about Aid, Vaccines

Zambia recorded its first COVID-19 case on 18 March 2020. A week later, President Edgar Lungu closed all schools and universities, restaurants (except on a take-away basis), nightclubs, cinemas, and gyms; limited public gatherings to less than 50 pe…

Who Wants COVID-19 Vaccination? In 5 West African Countries, Hesitancy is High, Trust Low

Although Africa has so far been spared the massive COVID-19 death tolls experienced in some other regions, health officials are urgently advising African leaders to launch mass vaccination campaigns. The World Health Organization reports that countr…

Les Nigériens Font plus Confiance aux Prières Qu’aux Vaccins pour Prévenir la COVID-19 / Nigerians Trust Prayers More than Vaccines to Prevent COVID-19

Niger recorded its first case of COVID-19 on 19 March 2020. However, the authorities have taken a series of measures to deal with the consequences of this pandemic, declaring a state of health emergency throughout the country (until 11 July) and clo…

COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout in Somalia: Experiences and Challenges in Fragile Context

The first case of the Novel Coronavirus (SARS Cov-2) in Somalia was confirmed on the 16th of March 2020, five days after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the disease “a global pandemic”. As of 16 June 2021, Somalia reported 14,841 confir…

Vaccine Diplomacy and Beyond: New Trends in Chinese Image-building in Africa

In the face of growing tensions between the US and China, Beijing’s relationships with the Global South are taking on particular salience. Africa has long been a testing ground for Chinese public diplomacy tools. The COVID-19 pandemic has proven imp…

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