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SA Leader: rich nations fuel vaccine apartheid

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  • Cyril Ramaphosa
    5th President of South Africa

Speaking at the Dakar International Forum on Peace, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday (December 6) that if wealthy nations hogged COVID-19 shots while millions in poor countries died waiting for them it would amount to "vaccine apartheid".

Sub-Saharan Africa has administered the fewest vaccines relative to its population of any region, with roughly 8 doses per 1,000 people versus 150 doses per 1,000 people globally, according to the World Health Organization.

Ramaphosa said South Africa was one of only five countries on the African continent able to manufacture vaccines and that there was a need for new capacity to be built.

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