In Democratic Republic of Congo, the second largest country in Africa and nearly the size of Western Europe, only 5,000 people have been vaccinated out of a population of nearly 90 million. People think that the vaccine is fake and it will make them sterile. There’s also a lack of trust in the systems and governments and people feel that Covid is less of a threat than many other deadly diseases like Ebola and measles.
In the city of Goma, where the rollout has just started after numerous delays, there is a worrying lack of interest. 1.3 million AstraZeneca doses, out of 1.7 million received in early March are being redistributed to other African countries for use, before they expire at the end of June