Rising COVID-19 cases and vaccine doubt

educating the community about COVID -19
A health extension worker measuring a lady's body temperature at her work place. Copyright: UNICEF Ethiopia/2020/Tewodros Tadesse, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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Episode 27

Coronavirus deaths and cases have surged in Africa in recent months. As Africa Science Focus takes a closer look at the scale of the outbreak, we ask why numbers have increased so rapidly in the region.

Reporter Jubiel Zulu speaks to people across Zambia and Malawi to find out what they think about efforts to manage coronavirus and vaccinate their communities against COVID-19. We hear from people who say that they do not have access to adequate information, which is causing mistrust in authorities and leaving knowledge gaps that are being filled with misinformation.

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 WhatsApp +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.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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