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‘Extreme’ vaccine discrimination risks leaving Africa behind – report

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By Tommy Wilkes LONDON (Reuters) – Africa has little chance of overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic unless 70% of its population is vaccinated by end-2022, yet “extreme vaccine discrimination” is leaving the continent behind, a report published on Monday said. The discovery of the Omicron variant in southern Africa has heightened claims that low inoculation rates can encourage viral mutations, which can then spread to countries where rates are much higher. Yet only five of Africa’s 54 countries are on track to reach a World Health Organisation target of fully vaccinating 40% of the population by e…

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