It has become a truism that COVID-19 has impacted all countries and all people around the world, but in different ways. Yet this contextual diversity in the pandemic’s impacts, the responses by governments and other actors, and the prospects for recovery are only beginning to be understood. This is especially so for Africa, where, on the whole, the pandemic had a late start compared to other regions, but where the complex interactions among the disease, local health systems, and preexisting vulnerabilities linked to poverty, inequality, and fragile governance make such understanding particularly important.


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Hamann, R., Muthuri, J., Nwagwu, I., Pariag-Maraye, N., Chamberlin, W., Ghai, S., Amaeshi, K. & Ogbechie, C. 2020, 'COVID-19 in Africa: Contextualizing impacts, responses, and prospects', Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development, 62(6), pp. 8-18. https://doi.org/10.1080/00139157.2020.1820293

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