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Martina Szabo

New data provides key insights on COVID-19's impact on people in 19 African Union countries

The Partnership for Evidence-Based COVID-19 Response (PERC) has released new reports on the social and economic impacts of COVID-19 and governmental response measures in 19 African Union member states. PERC analyzes public opinion survey responses along with social, economic and epidemiological data.

Key findings from the country reports include:

  • People's willingness to take COVID-19 vaccines vary widely across the continent — from a low of 35% of respondents in Tunisia to a high of 91% of respondents in Morocco.
  • Although support for individual preventive measures such as hand-washing and mask-wearing remained high, support for measures restricting social gatherings and movement restrictions dropped dramatically since August 2020.
  • Income loss and problems with food access were severe in almost all member states and have largely worsened since August.

View the updated country reports here.

Experts discuss global vaccine equity: What is needed and what can we expect?

While all eyes are on the crucial COVID-19 vaccine rollout, over 20 million children are not getting the vaccines they need to be protected from serious diseases like polio and measles.

This 30-minute issue briefing during World Immunization Week brought together global health experts to discuss how we can ensure equal access to vaccines and what we can expect from the next stage in the race to beat COVID-19.

Watch the video below to hear from:

  • Dr. Aboubacar Kampo, Director of Health, UNICEF
  • Heidi Larson, Professor of Anthropology, Risk and Decision Science, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Garth Graham, Director and Global Head of Healthcare and Public Health, Google/YouTube
  • Julie Gerberding, Executive Vice President and Chief Patient Officer, MSD
  • Genya Dana, Acting Head of Health and Healthcare, World Economic Forum
  • Moderated by: Julianna Tatelbaum, Health Anchor, CNBC
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