Africa has money for vaccines but no sellers


Africa has money for vaccines but no sellers

The continent aimed to get 700 million doses by the end of the year but has secured only 65 million doses so far

Senior features writer

African countries have the funds to buy Covid-19 vaccines, but doses are not being made available to the continent, where a devastating third wave has risen to new heights, said AU special envoy for Covid-19 Strive Masiyiwa on Thursday.

By July 1, more than 5.5 million cases of Covid-19 had been reported on the continent and more than 142,000 deaths.

“Twenty-one countries, 38% of member states, are experiencing the third wave: 10 are experiencing a more severe third wave,” said Africa CDC director, Dr John Nkengasong, in his weekly briefing (, at which Masiyiwa joined him to talk about vaccines...

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