Africa has received 32 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, about 18 million have made it into people’s arms.
Growing vaccine scepticism in Africa means doses that are available are either being destroyed or given away.
UN officials say launching a rapid vaccine drive in countries where it takes decades to inoculate children against diseases like measles or yellow fever is a challenge.
The COVID variant first detected in India has been found on the African continent but without enough vaccines available and few vaccinated, the fear is the situation can only get worse.
Al Jazeera’s Nicolas Haque reports