Vaccine nationalism and African government deficiencies hinder roll-out

COVISHIELD dose PIC: THALEFANG CHARLES
COVISHIELD dose PIC: THALEFANG CHARLES

The African Union – mainly through its Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) – has done well in trying to acquire COVID-19 vaccines for the continent as part of its commendable approach to tackling the pandemic in general.

But Africa CDC Director, John Nkengasong isn’t getting as much help as he would like from the international community – or even from all African governments.

“We are seeing vaccine nationalism, explicitly and implicitly,” the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Chief Economist, Gita Gopinath warned on ITV recently. “We are seeing some countries who are way ahead in vaccinating the vast majority of their population, while even the most vulnerable in a whole bunch of countries haven’t gotten a single shot.”

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