A snapshot of COVID-19 in six African countries

    | July 30, 2021

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    As of July 14, 2021, there were over six million recorded COVID-19 infections in Africa. The Delta variant, which is even easier to transmit, is now prevalent in 16 African countries. Low rates of vaccination in Africa make this situation very dangerous.

    Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organization’s regional director for Africa, warns: “The worst is yet to come. The end to this precipitous rise is still weeks away.”

    The vaccine rollout in Africa is slow due to shortages in doses, vaccine hoarding by Western countries, and shortfalls in vaccine strategies in individual African countries. As a result, less than two per cent of Africans are fully vaccinated, and the 50 million vaccines administered in Africa as of mid-July accounted for just 1.6 per cent of the global total.

    This article by The New Humanitarian offers a snapshot of the COVID-19 situation in Burundi, Cameroon, Mali, Nigeria, South Africa, and Uganda, including information from local health experts, and the number of cases, deaths, and vaccinations as of mid-July.

    Please note: This article was published on July 14, 2021 and represents the situation as of that date. The COVID-19 situation in these countries and elsewhere can change quickly.
    You can access the article here: https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/news/2021/7/14/how-six-african-countries-are-handling-covid-third-wave