Experts once expected Africa to suffer catastrophically from Covid-19. Yet infections have been falling across the continent from comparatively muted levels since July 2021. One possible explanation is that government data is wildly inaccurate, portraying a misleading picture of on-the-ground challenges. Limited vaccine coverage, after all,
The seventh continent is now a bit less robust. In mid-May, an iceberg about half the size of Puerto Rico broke off from an ice shelf into the Weddell Sea. This massive chunk of ice could be meandering its way toward the barely-populated Sandwich Islands, where it may eventually interfere with shipping lanes.
Japanese companies have spent years outsourcing components of their supply chain to China. Among other points, the approach was a sensible way to lower operating costs in a deflationary environment. But, in effect, Japan created a single point-of-failure for its manufacturers. Covid-19 has exposed that weakness,