Africa likely won’t get coronavirus vaccine until second quarter of 2021

Africa may not have access to a coronavirus vaccine until the second quarter of next year, according to the continent’s top public health official.

John Nkengasong, the director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Africa is on the verge of a second wave of coronavirus infections and that it will be “extremely dangerous” if more developed parts of the world vaccinate themselves and restrict travel to people with proof of a vaccination, according to the Associated Press.

The Africa CDC is in talks for vaccine options with Russia, China, and others. Nkengasong said the continent would need about 1.5 billion doses, roughly two
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