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  1. Africa's last holdout Burundi starts Covid vaccinations

    Samba Cyuzuzo

    BBC Great Lakes

    Workers unload boxes of about 500,000 donated doses of China's Sinopharm vaccine
    Image caption: Burundi received 500,000 doses of China's Sinopharm vaccine

    Burundi has started vaccinating people against coronavirus. It was one of the last countries in the world not to be administering the jabs.

    The injections are being given on a voluntary basis and take-up in the main city, Bujumbura, was relatively low, locals told the BBC Great Lakes service.

    So far there has been no attempt by the government to urge people to come forward.

    It is not yet clear if the population - which usually complies with government announcements - will turn up en masse without a publicity drive.

    Last week, Burundi received 500,000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine.

    When receiving them, Health Minister Thaddée Ndikumana said that health workers and the elderly would be given priority.

    World Health Organization director Tedros Ghebreyesus said last week that Burundi, Eritrea, and North Korea were the only countries that had not started Covid vaccinations.

    In March, Burundi's health minister said that the country “preferred to wait” before using "experimental" vaccines.

    WHO figures show that some 19,550 cases have been confirmed in the East African nation with 14 deaths, although some Burudians are sceptical of the numbers.

  2. West is not meeting Covid vaccine pledges - Brown

    The West is not honouring is pledges when it comes to the distribution of coronavirus vaccines to the rest of the world, the UK's former Prime Minister, Gordon Brown has said.

    "We made a promise that we'll vaccinate the whole world by next year but we're missing all the targets," he told the BBC's Newsday programme.

    There was a target to vaccinate 10% of the continent's population by the end of September, which was missed. It currently looks unlikely that the end-of-year 40% vaccination goal will be met.

    This is happening while 240 million vaccines are in Canada, the US, the UK and the EU which are sitting idol and may never be used, Mr Brown said citing research from Airfinity.

    He added that the "leadership is missing" when it comes to formulating a plan. "There are lots of promises but there's no plan," he said.

    The former prime minister wants the rich nations to meet ahead of a G20 summit at the end of the month to devise that plan.

    Listen to the interview on BBC Newsday:

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    Video caption: Former British PM Gordon Brown says there's 'no excuse' for the vaccines to go to waste
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