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….