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Africa’s Covid-19 vaccine holdouts are putting the world at risk


Africa’s Covid-19 vaccine holdouts are putting the world at risk

Some countries on the continent have not registered for jabs, which could lead to resistant variants and deadly new waves

Antony Sguazzin

A handful of vaccine holdouts in Africa, the world’s least-inoculated continent, could pose another big challenge for global efforts to end the pandemic.

Burundi, Tanzania and Eritrea have so far rejected the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) advice to register for Covax, an initiative to distribute vaccines to poorer countries, with some officials downplaying the impact of Covid-19 and effectiveness of jabs that have allowed several countries to begin opening up.

The danger is that while the rest of the world slowly returns to normalcy, the virus will spread in these African nations, mutating into variants that can evade current vaccines, cause deadly new waves and spread far beyond their borders...

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