Simon Allison

Unfit for office: The perils of reporting on the president’s health

Tanzanian president John Magufuli’s death came after weeks of denial, but reporting on the fitness of African leaders can be perilous for journalists

‘We can’t afford to become the Covid continent’

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention only launched in 2017, but between Ebola, measles and the Covid-19 pandemic, it has had its work cut out for it. The agency’s director Dr John Nkengasong speaks to The Continent about the vaccine rollout and the turn of the tide in Tanzania

Exposing a Congolese bank’s dirty secrets

Meet Gardi Koko and Navy Malela, the two whistleblowers who risked everything to raise the alarm

Bill Gates, Big Pharma and entrenching the vaccine apartheid

Waiving intellectual property restrictions on Covid-19 vaccines could help the developing world. But India and South Africa’s pleas are falling on deaf ears

Africa’s make-or-break moment

The African Continental Free Trade Area could transform Africa’s economic prospects and end its dependence on commodity exports

US democracy is stronger than it looks

We learnt this week that an American president, no matter how rogue, cannot keep himself in power against the will of the people

‘Don’t vote, overthrow the dictators’

Tanzania’s opposition leader, who is again in exile, says ‘instead of telling people to vote, we should be telling them to prepare for popular revolt

Blackout makes it hard to report on Ethiopia’s civil war

Between a communications shutdown and tight restrictions on movement, reporters — and the world — knows little about what is going on in Tigray. But the little that is emerging is terrible

Lowdown on Pfizer’s Covid vaccine

The recent announcement of a promising Covid-19 vaccine is good news. But don’t get too excited, cautions Simon Allison: other more affluent countries have already bought up most of the doses, and we do not own the expensive technology necessary to store and transport it

Joe Biden’s debate guests run the only Zimbabwean restaurant in America

A Zimbabwean restaurant feeding people in need formed an unlikely addition to Joe Biden’s election campaign

Tanzania’s opposition finds that forming a united front is not so easy

Having missed the chance to form a coalition, a so-called ‘endorsement’ may be the next-best step

The cost of Covid: 25 years of progress, halted

Development has been set back by two decades, says the Gates Foundation Goalkeepers report

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