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HQ Africa: Vaccine Watch Desk

HQ Africa: Vaccine Watch Desk

We tap into HQ sources and partners that give us insight into what's happening on the continent's vaccine front. Here are this week’s highlights.

COVIDHQ Editorial Team

Weekly snapshots of the latest in vaccine news.

India's deadly second wave has thrown many African countries vaccination programs into disarray as many nations scramble to acquire second doses following the ban on vaccine exports. The crisis in India is also an example of what could come if vaccination campaigns across the continent are not rapidly accelerated.

‘There are no vaccines’: Covid fears rise in Africa as inoculations stall
Health officials point to India as ‘horrifying warning’ for countries with low vaccination rates

Ghana is expecting 1.3 million doses of Russia's Sputnik-V vaccine on May 15th following delays from the COVAX initiative and the temporary ban on vaccine imports from India.

Ghana to receive over 1M doses of Sputnik V vaccine
Ghana expects to receive 1.3 million doses of Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine on May

President Yoweri Museveni announced that Uganda is planning to import vaccine batches from Johnson & Johnson and from Cuba as supplies from India's Serum Institute dwindle due to the ongoing domestic Covid crisis.

Uganda opts for Covid vaccines from elsewhere amid India crisis
President Museveni says his country will go for the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

Angola has begun administering second doses of the vaccine, with at least 1 million vaccines available for this phase.

Angola: Covid-19 - Angola Administers Second Dose of Vaccine
The administering of the second dose of vaccine against Covid-19, in the country, started on Monday in Luanda.

South Africa has administered only 300,000 vaccinations, a rate lower than almost every neighbouring country.

SA just hit 300,000 vaccinations – at a rate slower than every neighbouring country
South Africa lags behind countries such as Djibouti, all the rest of the BRICS nations, and the many island states that have breached at least one dose, on average, per resident.

Months after receiving half a million AstraZeneca vaccines, the Ivory Coast is battling high levels of vaccine hesitancy which has been attributed to high levels of misinformation.

Across Africa - Suspicion mars Ivory Coast’s vaccine drive
In tonights edition: Months after the delivery of half a million Astrazeneca vaccines, Ivory Coast is still struggling to get people into vaccination centres after suspicion and unfounded rumours have fuelled fears about getting the jab. And around 150,000 Burundian refugees are staying at camps in …