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A Red Cross volunteer takes the temperature of a man in Kampala, Uganda, on April 1, 2020. Photo: Sumy Sadurni/AFP via Getty Images

The Mastercard Foundation announced a $1.3 billion donation aimed at improving Africa's coronavirus response Tuesday, the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: The funding will be distributed over three years and is intended to help acquire vaccines for more than 50 million people and improve manufacturing and delivery systems.

  • Less than 2% of people in Africa have received at least a single dose of the coronavirus vaccine, a stark contrast to the 11.6% global average, per the Post.
  • The African Union and Africa CDC had set a goal last year of vaccinating at least 60% of their population by the end of 2022, with the cost of the effort estimated to be roughly $16 billion.

Details: According to the Washington Post, as per the agreement, the Africa CDC will assist in overseeing the distribution of funds for an array of services, including workforce training, community engagement and support for individual nations’ vaccination programs.

What they're saying: “Ensuring inclusivity in vaccine access, and building Africa’s capacity to manufacture its own vaccines, is not just good for the continent, it’s the only sustainable path out of the pandemic and into a health-secure future," said John Nkengasong, director of the Africa CDC, in a press release.

  • Krishna Udayakumar, who leads Duke University’s Global Health Innovation Center, said, "I think this is exactly the type of partnership that we had hoped to see — and that we need much more of," per the Post.
  • “We need to be putting billions to tens of billions of dollars in play to acquire vaccines, but to also enhance the delivery capacity and capabilities and to generate demand,” she added.

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White House announces task force on supply chain bottlenecks

President Biden during a White House event last Wednesday. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

President Biden will announce a new task force today to focus on the supply chain disruptions created by the pandemic and economic shutdowns, according to administration officials.

Why it matters: By naming Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to the new task force, Biden is trying to ensure that the economy reopens as smoothly as possible as more Americans return to work.

Jun 8, 2021 - Health

Axios-Ipsos poll: America says goodbye to the pandemic

Data: Axios-Ipsos poll; Survey of U.S. adults, March 5-8 and June 4-7, 2021; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

In a very short time, Americans have returned to doing the things many haven't done in a long time — and now see less risk than ever in returning to their pre-pandemic lives, according to the latest installment of the Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index.

The big picture: The number of people who say they've ventured out to eat or see friends and relatives has been inching up steadily as Americans get their shots. And compared to just three months ago, their perception of the risk has plummeted.