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The politics of the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa part II

Practical Politics

David L. Horne, PH.D. | 7/30/2020, midnight

Even the very populous country of Nigeria currently has fewer cases and far less deaths (38,000 infections, 785 deaths) than either Los Angeles County or Orange County.

And in the previous column on Africa, Madagascar’s Artemisia tonic was mentioned as either a powerful treatment or a potential cure for the virus. Well, Madagascar has had a bit of a spike in cases lately in spite of wide sections of the country regularly drinking the tonic. So, present evidence does not seem to lend itself to saying the Madagascar tonic is the answer. However, even with that spike, the country itself has less COVID-19 cases than the city of Santa Monica, and only 70 deaths countrywide as of the end of July.

Africa, again, may not continue on this high road. But right now, if it is not appropriate, Africa has major bragging rights in this particular fight.

Long may it continue.

Professor David L. Horne is founder and executive director of PAPPEI, the Pan African Public Policy and Ethical Institute, which is a new 501(c)(3) pending community-based organization or non-governmental organization (NGO). It is the stepparent organization for the California Black Think Tank which still operates and which meets every fourth Friday.

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