Africa’s Diagnostics Roadblock, ‘Animal Crossing,’ and FaceTiming With Eels

A handful of stories about Covid-19 we’re reading today

  • The pandemic is just beginning in Africa, and widespread screening and testing might be its only defense. But as the head of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, John Nkengasong, argues in Nature today, Africa has been shut out of the diagnostics market. “This is not a question of demanding charity,” he writes. “African countries have funds to pay for reagents but cannot buy them.”

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Yasmin Tayag

Yasmin Tayag

Editor, Medium Coronavirus Blog. Senior editor at Future Human by OneZero. Previously: science at Inverse, genetics at NYU.

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