Kenyan healthcare workers go on strike – vaccine shortage in Africa | Coronavirus Update

In Kenya 32 healthcare workers died of Covid-19, over 3000 got infected. Now healthcare workers are on strike. They demand better pay, medical cover and adequate protective gear.

Africa has so far secured only one fifth of the Covid-19 vaccination doses the continent needs. The African Union says it has secured 270 million Covid-19 vaccine doses which will be made available this year.

This will supplement the 600 million doses obtained by the World Health Organization’s COVAX alliance for Africa. But some African nations aren’t willing to wait. Guinea is now testing the Russian vaccine, Sputnik V and has ordered 2 million doses.

South Africa has ordered 20 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine – and Kenya has ordered 24 million, which should start arriving by the end of next month.