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Vaccines will be slow to reach the Sahel’s rural areas

Monday, July 5, 2021

Significance

Burkina Faso and Chad are now working to catch up after getting off to a much later start than other regional countries. Vaccinating a majority of the population is a long way off; nevertheless, official case counts and deaths remain very low.

Impacts

  • ‘Vaccine diplomacy’ could strengthen ties between China, Mauritania and Chad, which have received the Sinopharm vaccine.
  • Problems with either Sinopharm or AstraZeneca, however, could cause tensions with their respective donors.
  • Vaccination campaigns could help accelerate a return to growth as the economic impacts of 2020 fade.
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