Africa races for vaccine, but is it ready for it?


Africa races for vaccine, but is it ready for it?

As it focuses on strategy to inoculate 780 million people, it is uncertain if it can cope with the logistics

Senior features writer

Covid-19 vaccines for Africa dominated the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Thursday briefing on coronavirus (, as the reported number of deaths and cases continued to drop across the continent.

New cases increased, however, by 9.8% from the previous Thursday, with rising infections in the north (14%) and central (56%) regions driving the 55,462 new cases, said Africa CDC director Dr John Nkengasong.

He said the fieldwork for a large-scale vaccine perception study had started in SA, Gabon, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Cote d’Ivoire to find out how people would react to a vaccine...

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