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Africa’s Covid Crisis Deepens, but Vaccines Are Still Far Off

As the #DeltaVariant surges across #Africa, hospitals are strained & only 1% of Africans have been fully vaccinated against #COVID19. Africa is now in the deadliest stage of its pandemic, and there is little prospect of relief in sight. The Delta variant is sweeping across the continent. Namibia and Tunisia are reporting more deaths per capita than any other country. Hospitals across the continent are filling up, oxygen supplies and medical workers are stretched thin and reco

Mastercard Foundation donates US$1.3 billion to boost Africa's response to COVID pandemic

#COVID19 #COVIDvaccine #pandemic #coronavirus #Africa Mastercard Foundation donates US$1.3 billion to boost Africa's pandemic response in one of largest such efforts to date. The money will be used to buy COVID19 vaccines for >50 million people, boost vaccine manufacturing & strengthen public health. The Mastercard Foundation on Tuesday announced a $1.3 billion donation to boost Africa’s response to the coronavirus, which public health experts hailed as a significant step to

Africa is not ready for imminent third coronavirus wave, says WHO

#COVID19 #COVID #coronavirus #Africa #COVIDvaccine With vaccine deliveries at a near-standstill and lacking key resources in frontline care, Africa is poorly prepared for the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic, the UN warned on Thursday. "Many African hospitals and clinics are still far from ready to cope with a huge rise in critically ill patients," the World Health Organization's regional director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, said. "The threat of a third wave in Afr

Africa could see a 3rd COVID wave after a rise in cases, WHO warns

#COVID19 #coronavirus #COVID #COVIDVaccine #Africa A sharp rise in COVID-19 cases could be a portent of deeper trouble for the continent, where immunization drives have been cripped by shortfalls in funding and doses. A sudden, sharp rise in coronavirus cases in many parts of Africa could amount to a continental third wave, the World Health Organization warned on Thursday, a portent of deeper trouble for a continent whose immunization drives have been crippled by shortfalls i

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