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.
- ‘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.