Now what? Unused vaccines pile up in African countries

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Now what? Unused vaccines pile up in African countries

Many nations are struggling to use their doses due to supply-chain obstacles, hesitancy and other hurdles

James Paton and Antony Sguazzin

As shipments of Covid-19 shots ramp up for billions of people left behind last year, and new vaccines make their way to the public, dozens of countries are struggling to turn supplies into inoculations. 

A dearth of immunisation sites in Cameroon, weak communication and Covid-19 denial in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and a syringe shortfall in Kenya are among the hurdles complicating rollouts. In Zimbabwe, which initially raced ahead of many peers, complacency and a perception of Omicron as less serious have slowed the campaign; long vaccine queues have turned into a trickle.

“Vaccines, we have plenty,” said Agnes Mahomva, coordinator of Zimbabwe’s national Covid-19 taskforce. “It’s now about how people view the vaccines and getting them to take the shots.”..

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