Africa: the undervalued problem of vaccine skepticism

SEEN FROM ELSEWHERE – The Covid-19 pandemic will only end when the whole world is vaccinated. The African continent is faced with a lack of access to vaccines and extremely marked skepticism.

By Christian Putsch (Die Welt)

A few days ago, some 160 employees of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Malawi had the opportunity to be vaccinated at the last minute. The government of this southern African country has indeed offered members of GIZ, as well as other international organizations, the opportunity to be administered the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The vaccine doses would expire a few days later. The majority of GIZ national staff and their family members accepted the offer and thus had the chance to be vaccinated much faster than expected. As reported by Malawi last week, some 16,000 vaccine doses still had to be destroyed. It was not possible to administer them before the expiration date.

If, in recent months, France and the United States have also been confronted with comparable situations, the event is particularly alarming in Africa,

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