A growing coronavirus second wave is threatening to overwhelm fragile healthcare systems acrossAfrica, reported The Financial Times (17 January 2021)

Death rates in 20 African countries are now higher than the global average of 2.2%, with fatalities rising by more than 30% in the past month in Nigeria, Egypt and SA.

The African Union (AU) last week announced it had secured 270-m doses of vaccine from Pfizer, Oxford/AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson. for its 54 member countries, which have a population of about 1.2-bn.

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