Fear in Africa that new Covid wave could overwhelm fragile health systems

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Sumary of Fear in Africa that new Covid wave could overwhelm fragile health systems:

  • These are countries with very limited social safety nets, already very high levels of debt and … very little resources to respond to a crisis of this magnitude,”.
  • Studies have shown that millions of people in Africa will be pushed into poverty and many more forced to surrender hard-won gains in income and quality of life as the effects of the pandemic continue to surge across the continent..
  • The World Health Organization said last month that Africa had given fewer than 2% of vaccinations administered globally and was being left behind..
  • The continent vaccine rollout is hindered by the crisis in India, as the bulk of the vaccines supplied so far to Africa via the global vaccine-sharing facility Covax have been AstraZeneca shots manufactured there….

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