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WHO Warns of Surging COVID-19 Cases in Africa as Vaccine Shipments Come to “Near Halt”

HeadlineJun 04, 2021

The World Health Organization is warning of a sudden, sharp increase in the spread of COVID-19 in many parts of Africa that could lead to a continent-wide wave of new infections. Cases are rising in at least 14 African nations — and are up by 30% in many areas over just the past two weeks. Hospitals in Uganda report they’re becoming overwhelmed with COVID patients, while South Africa appears to be entering a third wave of infections. The WHO warns the surge is coming as shipments of vaccines to African nations have come to a “near halt.” Africa has administered vaccine doses to just 31 million people out of a population of 1.3 billion, with only 7 million people in Africa fully vaccinated.

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