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Interested in vaccine rollouts across Africa? Here’s a map to guide you

Benjamin Kagina, University of Cape Town Most developed countries are in the advanced stages of COVID-19 vaccination rollouts. But a large number of developing countries,...

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Interested in vaccine rollouts across Africa? Here’s a map to guide you

COVID-19 vaccination is slower on the African continent than in high income countries. Shutterstock

Benjamin Kagina, University of Cape Town

Most developed countries are in the advanced stages of COVID-19 vaccination rollouts. But a large number of developing countries, including most across Africa, are still at the early stages, mainly due to a shortage of shots.

African countries are trying to overcome the shortfall by using a multi-pronged approach to secure vaccines. This includes sourcing them through:

  • the COVAX facility. This is a global initiative aimed at equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines. It’s led by global health organisations including Gavi, the vaccine alliance, the World Health Organisation, and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations;
  • the COVID-19 African Vaccine Acquisition Task Team, which was established by the African Union;
  • bilateral agreements with the manufacturers, and
  • donations from other countries.

To help you keep track of the progress of COVID-19 vaccine rollouts in African countries, we have developed a map that will be updated daily, showing how many people have been vaccinated across the continent.

https://vaccine-tracker-africa.netlify.app/

Benjamin Kagina, Senior Research Officer, Vaccines For Africa Initiative, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

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