Africa vaccinates 7.2 million but faces new threat

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Africa vaccinates 7.2 million but faces new threat

The continent’s biggest supplier pauses exports just as the third wave approaches

Senior features writer

In Africa, 7.2 million people have been vaccinated against Covid-19 and 28 countries have received 16 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine by Thursday, says Africa CDC (https://africacdc.org/covid-19/) director Dr John Nkengasong.

Africa had 4.1 million cases of Covid and 110,000 deaths at the time of the weekly briefing. New infections are stable overall, decreasing by 1% on average over the past month although rising again in East Africa.

Nine countries have received more than 720,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from the one million doses the Africa Vaccine Acquisition Task Team acquired from SA...

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