‘We needed the vaccines yesterday’

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A woman receives a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Some countries in Africa are facing issues with distributing vaccines, with some doses already at risk of expiration. Copyright: UNICEF Ethiopia, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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COVID-19 cases have been surging in Africa since the onset of a third wave in May. The World Health Organization is urging wealthy countries to send vaccine supplies to the continent. But the health body also reports that some countries in Africa are facing distribution challenges and have doses that are at immediate risk of expiration.

This week, Africa Science Focus investigates why Sub-Saharan Africa’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage for the first dose remains at one per cent. Our reporter Charles Pensulo speaks to Richard Mihigo from WHO, Sophie Everest at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and president of the Society of Medical Doctors in Malawi, Victor Mithi.

And, Mathews Malata, president of the Association of Environmental Journalists in Malawi, answers this week’s question, which comes from Stella in Lagos.

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Africa Science Focus, with Michael Kaloki.

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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