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South Africa will move back to lockdown level 3 (mid-severity) tonight. Curfew will start earlier at 10pm. All gatherings limited to a maximum of 50 indoors, 100 outdoors.
One positive sign, Ramaphosa says: Far fewer health workers - who were first in line to be vaccinated - have been infected so far in the third wave compared to the second wave.
The world's richest economies have pre-ordered enough vaccine doses to cover their populations more than four times over, while the poorest have only secured enough for 10% of their populations, Barclays analysts estimate.
Uganda’s government is ordering 18m Oxford/AZN Serum doses at $7 per dose, not counting transport costs. That is a lot more than what rich countries are paying and more than South Africa’s roughly $5 per dose for its delivery this week. 1/2
Glorious resignation paragraph from one of Zimbabwe’s vice presidents, who is clearly taking the thesaurus down with him.