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Here’s a dose of optimism: Africa says ‘yes please’ to arriving vaccines

Things look up as infections drop and 16 countries express interest in 114 million doses via vaccine platform

Senior features writer

Sixteen African countries have expressed interest in ordering Covid-19 vaccines through the continent’s vaccine platform, said Africa’s Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Dr John Nkengasong on Thursday as deaths remain high during the continent’s second wave of infections.

The Africa CDC’s target is to get 60% of Africa’s 1.3 billion people vaccinated against the coronavirus.

The public health chief announced last week that 670 million doses of vaccines had been secured from manufacturers through the Covid-19 African Vaccine Acquisition Task Team (AVATT), which opened for orders mid-January...

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