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The pandemic has caused huge disruption to education. At its peak, 1.3 billion children were removed from school. The most disadvantaged will drop out permanently, which could lead to a lost generation.
According to Our World In Data, just 1.2 per cent of Kenya’s population has been fully vaccinated. And the country is not alone in Africa in having jabbed so few.
Rich countries must up their game. We must support work to boost medicines and vaccine manufacturing in Africa, which imports 95 per cent of all medicines. Furthermore, suspending patents sounds good, but without expertise sharing, it will do little to bring supply to places in real need.
Africa is home to 1.3 billion people, yet less than two per cent of its population is fully vaccinated. This is a moral failing. We can celebrate the miracle of vaccines but far too many are being left defenceless.
This must urgently change or it will be a stain on us all.