Africa and COVID-19 Webinar Series: Current State and Priorities


Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 10:00am to 11:00am


Virtual Event - Details Below

September 30 - Current State and Priorities

On February 14, Africa’s first case of COVID-19 was reported in Egypt. By August, Africa surpassed more than 1 million diagnosed cases of COVID-19. Wide disparities exist in the scale of and response to the outbreak: more than half of reported cases are in South Africa, while Tanzania has controversially declared their country free of cases in June. Across the continent, initial optimism about a lower mortality rate (compared to that seen in Europe and the Americas) of around 2 percent has been tempered by reports of increased natural cause deaths, raising the possibility that neglect of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and other infectious and endemic diseases is having adverse health outcomes. The panel will explore i) the current state of the pandemic across Africa, including the disparity between countries and lessons learnt; ii) the contribution of African institutions to vaccine development and access; and iii) preparedness for the future.


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Confirmed Panelists:

  • Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, Vice Chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity & Senior Lecturer on Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Dr. Salim Abdool Karim, Caprisa Professor for Global Health in Epidemiology, Columbia University & Director of the Centre for the AIDS Program of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA)
  • Dr. John Nkengasong, Director, Africa CDC
  • Moderated by Dr. Wafaie Fawzi, Interim Oppenheimer Faculty Director, Harvard Center for African Studies & Richard Saltonstall Professor of Population Sciences Professor of Nutrition, Epidemiology, and Global Health, Harvard University


The Harvard University Center for African Studies in partnership with the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) is hosting a series of webinars on the topic of COVID-19 and Africa. Held each Wednesday for one hour from 10am EST, CAS’ Africa and COVID-19 Webinar Series will bring together the private sector, policy makers, academics, and practitioners for a series of conversations across health, technology, and economy, among others. Please check  our COVID-19 Resources page for upcoming webinars and recordings of previous webinars. Join our weekly newsletter to receive updated information.


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ORGANIZERS: Harvard Center for African Studies & Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention