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Africa slammed by third wave as vaccinations languish under 2%

China, Russia and others step up to provide assistance

A Kenyan tour guide is vaccinated: The most recent rise in infections follows the first wave in the summer of 2020 and the second wave around the beginning of this year.   © Reuters

CAIRO/ISTANBUL -- A third wave of coronavirus cases has hit Africa as the highly contagious delta variant continues to spread, all at a time when less than 2% of the population has been fully vaccinated.

"Many countries are still at peak risk, and Africa's unprecedented third wave surged up faster and higher than ever before," said Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organization's regional director for Africa, in a virtual news conference Thursday.

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