When the global pandemic began, many predicted African countries would suffer devastating losses.

And there have been more than five million cases and nearly 140-thousand deaths on the continent.

But there have been worrying signs in recent weeks, with more contagious variants driving up infections in many African countries.

Cases in some regions have more than doubled in just the past week.

The number of deaths has gone up as well.

Leaders in Africa are now urgently appealing for more vaccines.

But would that stop the rise in new infections on the continent?

Presenter: Rob Matheson.


Thierno Balde – Deputy Incident Manager for COVID-19 Emergency Response at the World Health Organization Africa.

Mohga Kamal-Yanni – Senior Policy Adviser at the People’s Vaccine Coalition.

Azeddine Ibrahimi – Professor of Medical Biotechnology at Mohammed V University.

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