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Many African countries applied for covid-19 vaccines through the COVAX initiative, but lack of funding could leave them without enough vaccines to reach herd immunity until 2024

By Peter Yeung
Medical workers at the Mustapha Pacha hospital in Algiers
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Some African countries may not receive enough covid-19 vaccine doses to reach herd immunity for years to come, according to an internal report by a World Health Organization (WHO) initiative to coordinate vaccine roll-out.
Vaccinations arent likely to begin in Africa until mid-2021, according to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. It could take years to secure the doses needed to immunise 60 per cent of the continents 1.3 billion people, the threshold at which herd immunity may be achieved. In comparison, on 8 December, the UK, …