Citizen Reporter
4 minute read
6 Dec 2021
8:24 am

The world is in the same Covid boat – so why is Africa the scapegoat?

Citizen Reporter

Declaring a premature victory against Covid based on high vaccination rates in a few privileged countries was pure idiocy, but great populist politics.

A healthcare worker administers the Johnson and Johnson vaccine to a woman outside a polling station at the Kopanong Hall in Soweto, on November 1, 2021, during South Africa's local elections. (Photo by Michele Spatari / AFP)

When it comes to Covid, we are all in the same ship. It is sinking. We are all desperately trying to bail out the water. But those in the Global North have not only hoarded buckets but continue to refuse to share how to make them. The ship is listing badly to one side if it goes under, we all will go down together. Instead of taking ethical responsibility for their mishandling of the pandemic – particularly in terms of prioritising profits over human misery – Africa instead is offered up as scapegoat. A scapegoat is meant to carry the...