The race to vaccinate: Why Africa is struggling to get Covid jabs

A consignment of the Pfizer Vaccines donated to Uganda by the American government pictured after being offloaded at Entebbe International Airport on September 20, 2021. PHOTO/ STEPHEN OTAGE 

What you need to know:

  • Nearly six billion vaccine doses have been administered globally, but only two percent of those have been in Africa

Vaccines were promoted as a silver bullet to end the pandemic, the path to finally beating Covid-19. 
But in Africa, they remain scarce, with access hampered by hoarding, export bans and empty promises. 
Nearly six billion vaccine doses have been administered globally, but only two percent of those have been in Africa.

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