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Africa desperately short of COVID vaccine

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Africa desperately short of COVID vaccine

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — In the global race to vaccinate people against COVID-19, Africa is tragically at the back of the pack

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — In the global race to vaccinate people against COVID-19, Africa is tragically at the back of the pack.

In fact, it has barely gotten out of the starting blocks.

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In South Africa, which has the continent’s most robust economy and its biggest coronavirus caseload, just 0.8% of the population is fully vaccinated, according to a worldwide tracker kept by Johns Hopkins University.

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And hundreds of thousands of the country’s health workers, many of whom come face-to-face with the virus every day, are still waiting for their shots.

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In Nigeria, Africa‘s biggest country with more than 200 million people, only 0.1% are fully protected.

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Kenya, with 50 million people, is even lower

Uganda has recalled doses from rural areas because it doesn’t have nearly enough to fight outbreaks in big cities.

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Chad didn’t administer its first vaccine shots until this past weekend.

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And there are at least five other countries in Africa where not one dose has been put into an arm, according to the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The World Health Organization says the continent of 1.3 billion people is facing a severe shortage of vaccine at the same time a new wave of infections is rising across Africa

Vaccine shipments into Africa have ground to a “near halt,” WHO said last week

“It is extremely concerning and at times frustrating,” said Africa CDC Director Dr. John Nkengasong, a Cameroonian virologist who is trying to ensure some of the world’s poorest nations get a fair share of vaccines in a marketplace where they can’t possibly compete

The United States and Britain, in contrast, have fully vaccinated more than 40% of their populations, with higher rates for adults and high-risk people

Countries in Europe are near or past 20% coverage and their citizens are starting to think about where their vaccine certificates might take them on their summer vacations

The US, France, and Germany are even offering shots to youngsters, who are at very low risk of serious illness from COVID-19

Poorer countries had warned as far back as last year of this impending vaccine inequality, fearful that rich nations would hoard doses

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