COVID 19 in Sub Sahara

In the years before the pandemic sub-Saharan Africans were some of the world’s most optimistic people.


When covid-19 first struck, a lot of pundits thought Africans might be spared the worst, because so many are young or work on the land. Yet it now looks as if the virus will leave more lasting scars in Africa than elsewhere.

Whereas rich countries can hope for a rapid economic rebound as they vaccinate their people, Africa is years away from jabbing enough to achieve herd immunity.

African economies will be burdened by debt. Repeated waves of infection will disrupt the schooling of millions.

The educational and demographic trends that were among Africa’s best reasons to be hopeful are under threat.



(presented by Romano Pisciotti)

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