Sinopharm, Sputnik V, AstraZeneca: Which African leaders are vaccinated and with what?

By Achraf Tijani, Marie Toulemonde
Posted on Wednesday, 25 August 2021 10:30

Three quarters of African leaders have already been injected with a Covid-19 vaccine, but some remain sceptical about the serum. In this illustrated investigation, we try to answer why many are still reluctant to get the jab. 

As Africa faces a third wave of Covid-19, the population’s vaccination rate has plateaued. According to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC) only 2% of the population is now fully vaccinated.

In addition to the logistical and economic difficulties in obtaining supplies on the continent, which partly explain this delay, a fringe of the population – including some leaders – still refuse to be vaccinated.

To combat this scepticism, most African leaders have agreed to play the game and have received their dose from Sinopharm, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna or Sputnik-5.

From the King of Morocco, Mohammed VI, who chose to publicise his injection, to sceptics such as the Malagasy Andry Rajoelina, who advocates alternative medicines, we take a look at the situation of the 54 leaders across the continent.

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