Vaccine trials are proving to be a hard sell in Africa – with ...

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Vaccine trials are proving to be a hard sell in Africa – with good reason

After a brutal history of the west guinea-pigging the continent, researchers will have to work hard to regain trust

AFP

The task of introducing a vaccine for Covid-19 faces an uphill struggle in Africa, where a flood of online misinformation is feeding mistrust of western medical research.

Across the continent, Facebook, WhatsApp and other platforms have been swamped by messaging that characterises vaccine research as harmful or part of a plot to kill black people.

The world’s poorest continent, and the most vulnerable to the disease, given its poor health infrastructure, Africa has recorded more than 51,000 Covid-19 cases, 1,926 of which have been fatal, according to the latest World Health Organisation statistics...

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