The Corona Debate in Africa With Omicron Spreading, Many Countries Consider Vaccine Mandates

African countries are trying to speed up their vaccination campaigns as supplies start rolling in. The challenges, though, remain immense, even as some governments are considering a vaccine mandate in the face of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.
By Heiner Hoffmann in Nairobi
A woman in Johannesburg, South Africa getting her jab. Just 7 percent of the African population has been completely vaccinated.

A woman in Johannesburg, South Africa getting her jab. Just 7 percent of the African population has been completely vaccinated.

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Vaccine deliveries often arrive in African countries with very little prior warning, making distribution difficult.

Vaccine deliveries often arrive in African countries with very little prior warning, making distribution difficult.

Foto: Brian Inganga / AP
The governments of several African countries have said they are considering the introduction of vaccine mandates.

The governments of several African countries have said they are considering the introduction of vaccine mandates.

Foto: DANIEL IRUNGU / EPA-EFE
"That’s not how we will win the war against COVID-19."

Irungu Houghton, the head of Amnesty International’s Kenya office

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