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Image caption: Some variants of Covid worry the continent

At a press conference this month, the World Health Organization (WHO) said the situation with Covid-19 in Africa was a real concern, with an increase in cases.

Dr Matshidiso Moeti said the continent will soon pass the five million mark.

About 88,000 cases were recorded last week – an increase of 19% – with countries such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda and South Africa particularly affected.

Dr Thierno Blade, WHO’s program manager for strategic partnerships, told me that there are currently several variants of Covid that cause concern.

He said the Delta strain, first identified in India late last year, first appeared in Uganda, but has now also been seen in Kenya.

He said, however, that “at the moment this is not the dominant variant”.

It should be mentioned that in some countries the number of cases has declined in recent weeks.

But with only 2% of Africans having received their first vaccination to date, could vaccine availability mean that a third wave of Covid is inevitable across the continent?

Dr Blade says that “the needs are not fully covered and there are actions underway”.

But he said coming from a month ago “when we had almost no vaccines” Africa now had 50 million doses.

In Africa Daily, I looked to see if Africa is facing a third wave.



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