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The head of Africa’s health agency has warned that the UK’s policy of not accepting Covid-19 vaccine certificates from the continent could increase vaccine hesitancy.

Dr John Nkegasong said the UK’s stance was confusing and had far-reaching implications for vaccination campaigns.

He warned that some people would question why they should get a jab if it was not accepted internationally.

Many Africans are furious, and have called the policy discriminatory.

There has also been an outcry in India, which produces most of the AstraZeneca vaccines distributed in Asia, Africa and Latin America.