Africa's hesitancy fears over UK vaccine rules

# 23 September 2021 21:33 (UTC +04:00)

The head of Africa's health agency has warned that the UK's policy of not accepting Covid-19 vaccine certificates from the continent could increase vaccine hesitancy, APA reports citing BBC.

Dr John Nkegasong said the UK's stance was confusing and had far-reaching implications for vaccination campaigns.

"We do not understand why the UK has taken this position," he told a virtual news briefing.

Many Africans are furious, and have called the policy discriminatory.

There has also been an outcry in India, which produces most of the AstraZeneca vaccines distributed in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Dr Nkegasong, head of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), said some people in Africa would ask why they should take the vaccines if they were not accepted internationally.