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The HQ Beat Vol. 1 No. 11

The HQ Beat Vol. 1 No. 11

COVID HQ Admin

Aw ni ce from the HQ Squad.

We'll dive right into it: The excitement of the Olympic Games has been shaken by the news of athletes who have tested positive for COVID-19. Amid protests and concerns that the Games will be a superspreader event, officials remain resolute to ensure a “covid-safe,” not necessarily a “covid-free” Games.

Nakhane writes with great vulnerability about how he regained his strength and sanity by practicing small daily rituals and Phehello Mofokeng posits that the arts have given respite and provided an anchor during one of the most uncertain times in recent history.

Enjoy.


The Olympics will soon be underway, but concerns over the management of COVID-19 are still top of mind. Four South African athletes tested positive for the virus and have been placed under quarantine. Although they were the first, according to the Africa Times, athletes from the USA have also tested positive for COVID-19.

South African team members test COVID positive in Tokyo
Four members of South Africa’s Olympic sports teams in Tokyo have tested positive for the coronavirus.Three of them are members of Team South Africa’s soccer squad and have moved into an isolation fac...

The pandemic has brought to the fore the necessity for self-reliance, resilience and cooperation on the continent. The economic effects of various lockdowns and their impact on industry shows the need for the accelleration of Africa's industrialisation. The implementation of the AfCFTA is key to the conversation and has the potential to bring millions of people out of poverty.

Vaccine and Ventilator Shortages Show Need for African Free Trade
Covid-19 is spurring calls to implement the world’s biggest tariff-free zone to boost investment.

Singer, songwriter, actor, and novelist Nakhane gives us an intimate look into his inner world, writing about the grounding that comes from focusing on the small things, and the strength that can be found in lists.

Make A List
Award winning musician, actor and writer Nakhane, on surviving anxiety and depression, even when they were tempted to give in under lockdown.

The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and the International Vaccine Institute (IVI) have announced a new programme of clinical research which aims to expand access to COVID-19 vaccines in Africa. The  research programme aims to generate crucial data to inform the use of  Sinopharm's vaccine, and its effectiveness against dominant strains of the virus in the region.

Africa: CEPI and IVI Collaborate On Clinical Research to Expand Access to Covid-19 Vaccines in Africa
Blog - The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and the International Vaccine Institute (IVI) today announced a new programme of clinical research which aims to expand access to COVID-19 vaccines in Africa. CEPI will provide funding of up to $12.7m to the Expanding Access and Deliv…

The stay-home strategies of many countries on the continent have forced many of us to turn inward, and this heightened state of isolation has not always been easy to undergo. Phehello Mofokeng writes about how the arts hold space for us as we turn to books, music and films to keep us company, allowing us to connect with humanity even as we spend so much time apart.

An Antidote to a Sick World
Phehello J Mofokeng writes about the important role that the arts have played as the world battles Covid19

Beat Pic of The Week—A Handful of Hope

Facing repeated lockdowns and economic hardship Nairobians have continued to remain optimistic in the face of adversity. Photo by Stephanie Matu