SOUTH AFRICA: Worsening Covid-19 wave, slow vaccine action

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President Cyril Ramaphosa’s administration has come under heavy criticism this week for its lack of a convincing Covid-19 vaccination strategy. While the government hopes to begin vaccinating healthcare workers by February, vaccine supplies lined up to date only cover a fraction of the population. The details and timeframes for a broader vaccination drive are still uncertain as the government has been slow to negotiate with vaccine manufacturers. A slow vaccine rollout would add another downside risk to South Africa’s economic recovery prospects. On 6 January, daily new Covid-19 cases
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