Will Vaccine Hesitancy Stall Africa's Efforts Against Covid-19?

As the second wave of Covid-19 sweeps across Africa, bringing steep increases in infections and deaths, the battle between facts and conspiracies - especially around the safety of Covid-19 vaccines - has also intensified, write Edward Mabaya, Ifeanyi M Nsofor and Sarah Evanega for The Conversation. According to Daily Maverick's Carine Kaneza Nantulya and Dewa Mavhinga, if not addressed, some people's reluctance to be vaccinated - coupled with misinformation - will severely undermine the effectiveness of Africa's response against the pandemic. As of March 16, 2021 a total of 5,182,426 Covid-19 vaccinations have been administered across the continent.. For more detailed statistics on the spread of Covid-19 across Africa, click here.

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