COVID-19… evolving digital financial inclusion

THE COVID-19 pandemic could be a game-changer for digital financial services. Low-income households and small firms can benefit greatly from advances in...

Pondering COVID-19 clearance certificate for former victims

WIDESPREAD MEDIA coverage of antibody testing for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has generated high hopes that we will be able...

Africa will rise if we do it right

AS RESEARCHERS and scientists study the novel coronavirus, you will find them reading lessons from the past. Africa is young and our...

COVID-19: Lessons for history in a crisis

WRITING in the heady days of new antibiotics and immunizations, esteemed microbiologists Macfarlane Burnet and David White predicted in 1972 that “the...

Deforestation helps viruses migrate from animals to humans

The coronavirus pandemic, suspected of originating in bats and pangolins, has brought the risk of viruses that jump from wildlife to humans...

The Imo debacle and Obiano’s power of turning the other cheek

ALTHOUGH we may never admit it but the recent naked dance of power in Imo State has amplified the power of silence...

Paying people to get COVID-19 vaccine won’t work

THE first COVID-19 vaccine to gain emergency use authorisation in the U.S. could roll out within days, as Pfizer and BioNTech's candidate...

COVID-19 and decentralisation of healthcare delivery

ONE of the indestructible proofs of the monumental havoc done to socio-economic growth and development in Nigeria is the centralization...

Why males may have worse response to COVID-19

IF YOU ask most women about how their male relatives, partners and friends respond to being sick, they'll often tell you with...

Distributing COVID-19 vaccine and public trust

THE coming months are going to be crucial for vaccine development and decisions around how we distribute COVID-19 vaccines equitably, who gets...

COVID-19: Cold war between elimination, suppression

A YEAR ago, when the World Health Organization published a report showing that China had shut down a highly contagious virus in...

Sometimes, landlords do not have all righ to property

A LAND agent, Samson Idike, narrated a story about a female landlord in Awka, Anambra State, who decided to lease her property for either...

Immune interference could struggle with emerging coronavirus strains

Despite the success and optimism of the new COVID-19 vaccination campaigns being rolled out worldwide, the emergence of new viral strains threatens...

Aid has failed Africa, COVID-19 offers chance for reset

CORONAVIRUS has laid bare the failures of aid. Instead of it being wasted or used to prop up big men, it must...

Time of social communication challenge: Let’s save ourselves

SOCIAL Communication is a very dicey thing. It can finish a thriving society or revive a dying one in one swoop. The...

Ifeanyi Ubah should go to court or resign from Senate

SENATOR Ifeanyi Ubah claimed at a news conference on Friday, November 21, 2020, that Anambra State lost almost a whopping eight billion...

Chemicals like PFAS can increase risk of severe COVID-19

NEARLY a year before the novel coronavirus emerged, Dr. Leonardo Trasande published “Sicker, Fatter, Poorer,” a book about connections between environmental pollutants...

Lyme disease symptoms could be mistaken for COVID-19

SUMMER is field season for ecologists like me, a time when my colleagues, students and I go out into fields and woods...

Why COVID-19 treatments shouldn’t take back seat to vaccines

AS companies and countries pour money into the effort to develop COVID-19 vaccines, timelines keep getting more ambitious and dates for delivering...

Let’s think before doctors’ strike

WE ARE on the verge of a disaster. Amid escalating COVID-19 we are talking activism, politics and aggrandizement not health. What we...

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