2021-02-05 13:20:28

Africa CDC Head Says Lack of Vaccines for the Continent Will Imperil World

Countries across the African continent are facing a second COVID-19 outbreak, linked to a variant first found in South Africa that has been detected in Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Comoros and Zambia and more than 20 non-African countries so far. There is concern new variants, which scientists believe are more infectious, could spread the virus further before widespread vaccination begins. More than 40 African countries have been hit by this second wave, and just six have received relatively small shipments of vaccines. John Nkengasong, director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says the world faces "a moral catastrophe" without vaccine equity. "It has to be very clear that no part of the world will be safe until all parts of the world are safe," he says. "We either come out of this together or we go down together. There's no middle ground in this."

--

Democracy Now! produces a daily, global, independent news hour hosted by award-winning journalists Amy Goodman and Juan González.

Our reporting includes breaking daily news headlines and in-depth interviews with people on the front lines of the world’s most pressing issues.

On DN!, you’ll hear a diversity of voices speaking for themselves, providing a unique and sometimes provocative perspective on global events.

Missed an episode?  Check out DN on FSTV VOD anytime or visit the show page for the latest clips.

#FreeSpeechTV is one of the last standing national, independent news networks committed to advancing progressive social change.

#FSTV is available on Dish, DirectTV, AppleTV, Roku, Sling, and online at freespeech.org.

Africa Centers for Disease Control Botswana Comoros Coronavirus COVID-19 Democracy Now! Ghana John Nkengasong Kenya South Africa Vaccines Zambia

Health

The Randi Rhodes' Show

Texas Rep. Chip Roy Accused of Using "Inflammatory" Language

Texas Rep. Chip Roy Accused of Using "Inflammatory" Language

The Thom Hartmann Program

Did Scientists learn what causes Long Haul Covid ?

Did Scientists learn what causes Long Haul Covid ?

The Randi Rhodes' Show

The Baby Formula Crisis

The Baby Formula Crisis

The Randi Rhodes' Show

The Comparison of a Women's Body to Sea Turtles

The Comparison of a Women's Body to Sea Turtles

Related

The Thom Hartmann Program

Did Scientists learn what causes Long Haul Covid ?

Did Scientists learn what causes Long Haul Covid ?

The Thom Hartmann Program

Is Covid Going to Be With Us in 3-4 Waves Per Year Forever?

Is Covid Going to Be With Us in 3-4 Waves Per Year Forever?

Democracy Now!

An End to Neoliberalism? How Chile Drafted New Constitution to Rewrite Pinochet-Era Laws

An End to Neoliberalism? How Chile Drafted New Constitution to Rewrite Pinochet-Era Laws

Democracy Now!

Maria Hinojosa, Futuro Media & PRX Win Pulitzer for “Suave” Podcast on Prisoner’s Journey to Freedom

Maria Hinojosa, Futuro Media & PRX Win Pulitzer for “Suave” Podcast on Prisoner’s Journey to Freedom

Proud Partners