Why are Africa's coronavirus successes being overlooked?

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      Cold Mountain Trail
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      Remember, early on in the Covid-19 pandemic, the speculation as to how apocalyptic it would be if this disease hit the African continent? I do. There was deep anxiety about what it would mean for countries with lower income populations… and far fewer healthcare facilities than the UK or Italy…  But what has also happened is that many African nations, realising early on that large-scale, expensive testing and hospitalisation was not an option for the populations, had no choice but to take a more creative approach.

      Take the two African countries I have called home – Senegal and Ghana. Senegal is developing a Covid-19 testing kit that would cost $1 per patient, which it is hoped will, in less than 10 minutes, detect both current or previous infection via antigens in saliva, or antibodies. It’s hard to know exactly how this compares with the price of Britain’s tests, but many of them use polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, to detect the virus, and cost hundreds of dollars. And I can testify that a leaflet that came through my door in London this week offered me a private testing kit for £250…

      Senegal is in a good position because its Covid-19 response planning began in earnest in January, as soon as the first international alert on the virus went out. The government closed the borders, initiated a comprehensive plan of contact tracing and, because it is a nation of multiple-occupation households, offered a bed for every single coronavirus patient in either a hospital or a community health facility… Ghana, with a population of 30 million, has a similar death toll to Senegal…

      Across the African continent, the lack of access to expensive pharmaceutical products… has fuelled interest in whether traditional herbal remedies have anything to offer. One plant in particular – Artemisia annua, or sweet wormwood… is drawing particular attention…  I contacted the… Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Germany, which is currently conducting clinical trials on a different breed of the same plant, in this case grown in Kentucky…and the results so far, the institute’s director, Prof Peter Seeberger, told me, are “very interesting”. Human clinical trials are likely to follow…

      https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/may/21/africa-coronavirus-successes-innovation-europe-us?CMP=share_btn_tw

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artemisia_annua

       

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      Ohio Barbarian
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      N2Doc
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      You see, Africa is full of corrupt negroes, they are stupid, lazy and incompetent, and can’t do anything right without the white man’s help.    :sarcasm:

      • #318730
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        “You see, Africa is full of corrupt negroes, they are stupid, lazy and incompetent, and can’t do anything right without the white man’s help. :sarcasm:”

        Money worshipers are blind to any real needs that they don’t profit by.

        We are an arrogant species, believing our fantasy based "facts" are better than the other person's fake facts.

        If you are wrong, it will be because you are not cynical enough.

        Both major political parties are special interest groups enabling each other for power and money, at the expense of the people they no longer properly serve…

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