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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Deputy president David Mabuza, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize visiting the Aspen Pharmacare sterile manufacturing facility. Lulama Zenzile/Die Burger/Gallo Images via Getty Images

Why Africa’s push to make vaccines should look further than COVID-19

Vaccine manufacturing doesn’t come cheap. It depends heavily on support from developed countries. It also requires much more than relaxing intellectual property rights and a desire for vaccine equity.
A health worker administers an injection to a child below the age of one year during a routine immunisation at a health center in Kampala, Uganda. Xinhua/Nicholas Kajoba via Getty Images

Low trust in authorities affects vaccine uptake: evidence from 22 African countries

Even where vaccines are available, one barrier to progress is vaccine hesitancy: the reluctance or refusal to vaccinate.
Vaccine hesitancy is a growing public health problem. Sharon Seretlo/Gallo Images via Getty Images

South Africa’s immunisation record risks being dented by anti-vaccination views

Vaccine hesitancy has resulted in multiple vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks. Research on vaccine hesitancy in South Africa is limited. But growing evidence suggests that it’s becoming a problem.
An elderly man at a social grant paypoint in South Africa after the COVID-19 lockdown. (Photo by MARCO LONGARI / AFP) () Photo by Marco Longari/AFP via Getty Images

South Africa needs to end the lockdown: here’s a blueprint for its replacement

South Africa must develop a comprehensive health and economic strategy if it is to stop the COVID-19 pandemic without causing long term socio-economic damage.

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