Science and you: Africa’s COVID-19 vaccines

Vaccine scientists say people should not be afraid of vaccination. Copyright: Image by Wilfried Pohnke from Pixabay

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Episode 29

Vaccine hesitancy is a global health threat, and health teams in Sub-Saharan Africa are doing everything they can to boost COVID-19 vaccine confidence.

This is the third episode in a special Africa Science Focus series investigating coronavirus vaccine hesitancy. In previous episodes, we heard how COVID-19 cases and deaths had increased across Sub-Saharan Africa, and how myths and misinformation spread among communities.

In this episode, reporter Brook Abdu brings you vaccine science from the continent. Phionah Atuhebwe from the World Health Organization, Vicky Baillie from the University of the Witwatersrand and Moses Alobo from the African Academy of Sciences tell us when vaccination programmes will begin in Africa, and urge people should not be afraid to receive them.

Is there something you want to know about science in Africa? Send us your questions from anywhere in the world and we’ll find an expert to answer them — text or voice message via WhatsApp to +254799042513.

Africa Science Focus, with Selly Amutabi.

This programme was funded by the European Journalism Centre, through the European Development Journalism Grants programme, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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