In the media | 04 Mar 2021

Op-ed: Agility is the best medicine

Jacques Nel, Head of Africa Macro at NKC African Economics, discusses the ways in which recovery in African countries will depend on underlying economic fundamentals, not on achieving herd immunity.

Projections about Covid-19 herd immunity can be little more than guesswork given the number of variables that will feed into the inoculation drive of each country in Africa and the complexities involved in containing a virus in an open system (with crossborder migration, documented and otherwise, as well as the potential for variant mutations stemming from abroad). Jacques, explores these risks alongside opportunities to aid economic recovery.  

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