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The next phase in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic is vaccination.Although Africa has not recorded as many cases and deaths in comparison to other parts of the world, it has felt the economic and social impact of the pandemic.An effective vaccination strategy is pivotal in reconnecting Africa to the rest of the world, ensuring a smooth post-pandemic recovery and strengthening dilapidated health systems.

Why do we need a vaccine?

A vaccine will help curb the spread of the virus and allow countries across the world to return to “normal”. Vaccines enable people develop immunity to a virus by mimicking an infectious agent – viruses, bacteria or other disease causing organisms. This teaches our immune system to rapidly and effectively fight against it.

How many vaccines are currently being developed?

Researchers are currently testing 64 vaccines in clinical trials on humans. 20 have reached the final stages of testing and…

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