Research Examines Characteristics Of COVID-19 Pandemic In Africa; Africa CDC Conducting Survey To Gauge Vaccine Perceptions

Devex: Data suggests the pandemic is playing out differently in Africa
“Experts are calling for more study of the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa as ongoing data analysis points to differences in how it is playing out on the continent. Speaking at a World Health Organization press briefing last week, professor Mark Woolhouse, director of Tackling Infections to Benefit Africa, a research partnership that has been analyzing data on the pandemic, said the group’s findings so far point to unique characteristics within Africa…” (Chakamba, 9/30).

Devex: Africa CDC launches vaccine perception survey
“Data collectors are spreading out through five African nations to conduct a survey for four weeks to see how people feel about a COVID-19 vaccine, according to John Nkengasong, director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. After months of preparation, teams in South Africa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Côte d’Ivoire, and Nigeria took to the field to gauge the perceptions of communities as part of the Africa COVID-19 Vaccine Perceptions Survey. At his weekly press briefing last week, Nkengasong stressed that understanding perceptions and community engagement is essential, as they will help determine the continent’s vaccine uptake strategy…” (Chakamba, 9/30).

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