Rich nations have bought up most doses long into the future, and there is little hope of a rescue in sight.
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“We are not asking for donations — in fact, we have money to buy vaccines,” said the official, Strive Masiyiwa. “Vaccines are not expensive, certainly when it comes to the lives of our people.”
The World Health Organization’s goal that each country across the world be able to vaccinate 10 percent of its people against the coronavirus by September.
India’s dire Covid crisis is having global ripple effects, especially in Africa, which has 17 percent of the world’s people but is far behind in vaccinations.
Thousands of doses have gone to waste in Malawi and South Sudan.
The coronavirus killed far fewer people in Africa than in Europe and the Americas, leading to a widespread perception that it was a disease of the West. Now, a tide of new cases on the continent is raising alarms.
The attack, claimed by Al Shabab, killed at least 10, including three Somali military commanders. Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble was on his way at the time.
After heavy artillery strikes on Saturday, the federal government claimed the city of Mekelle was now under its control, but there was no way to independently confirm the assertion.