A number of events have converged to further constrict the flow of COVID-19 vaccines to Africa and other regions throughout the Global South. India, once a major vaccine exporter, halted all overseas shipments in an effort to contain a massive surge of infections at home. In turn, that has put further pressure on the global Covax alliance, which has been struggling of late to find enough supply for the world’s poorest countries. And then, last week’s decision by Johnson & Johnson to temporarily take its vaccine off the market to concerns over blood clotting has made the situation even worse.
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