Universal access to Covid-19 vaccines must remain a critical goal if we are to win the battle against the disease. However, despite laudable calls for an equitable global rollout, vaccine nationalism appears to have the upper hand for the moment. While it is hoped that an eventual “course correction” will cause a return to a co-ordinated global effort aimed at a fairer rollout, from a global health perspective it is important to assess where individual countries stand in terms of their Covid-19 vaccination plans, especially those in Africa.

Research led by a Columbia University/Brenthurst Foundation team as part of the Futures Forum on Preparedness (organised by Schmidt Futures) and released last week includes an analysis of five large countries on the continent, namely Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria and SA. Together, these countries represent about 40% of the continent’s population and more than half of its GDP...

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