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The African continent reached the grim stage of 2 million cases of coronavirus on Thursday. The Associated Press reports that more than 48,000 people have died in the African pandemic. However, the continent has performed better than several countries, including France, Brazil, India and, of course, the United States.
With 1.3 billion people living in 54 countries located on 11.7 million square miles on the continent, the measure of 2 million cases in Africa is a success story. But only if his people remain vigilant.
At present, pandemic fatigue is the biggest threat to Africa. “We cannot back down. If we back down, then all the sacrifices we have made in the last 10 months will be wiped out,” warned John Nkengasong, director of the African Centers for Disease Control.
Although a vaccine may be coming, it may be some time before it reaches Africa, the AP reported. The vaccine developed by Pfizer must be maintained at almost 100 degrees below zero Fahrenheit. The Moderna vaccine, just above freezing. Nkengasong says paying for this type of storage “already creates an imbalance in the fair distribution or access to these vaccines” with richer countries that can better manage it.