The new Omicron variant of coronavirus, first detected in South Africa, highlights vaccine inequality around the world and especially in Africa, transforming the continent into a “breeding ground” for new strains of Covid-19, the United Nations warned.

Only 6.6% of Africa’s 1.3 billion people have received the full course of the vaccine against severe symptoms of Covid-19, according to Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) data. EFE