Prior to the Africa Cup of Nations, Cameroon launches a huge Covid-19 operation.
The African Cup of Nations (CAN) soccer finals begin on Sunday, and Cameroonian authorities have initiated a large testing and vaccine campaign against Covid-19.
Hundreds of vaccination stations have been set up in all six cities hosting the tournament, in accordance with the Confederation of African Football's criteria (CAF).
Before entering stadiums, CAF will need supporters to produce proof of vaccination as well as a negative Covid-19 test.
"Supporters may only access stadiums to watch Africa Cup of Nations matches in Cameroon if they are completely vaccinated and can provide a negative PCR test result from within the last 72 hours or a negative antigen test result from within the last 24 hours," CAF stated in a statement.
Manaouda Malachie, Cameroon's Health Minister, echoed CAF's position on Wednesday, urging people to get vaccinated and tested for the virus before the competition.
Cameroon is battling a developing Covid-19 outbreak, with vaccination apprehension still widespread among the population. According to the most recent statistics, only 4.6 percent of the country's population has been properly vaccinated against the virus. Another 1,600 flights have been canceled due to worker coronavirus cases.
|A worker sits at his desk while waiting for people to be vaccinated against Covid-19 at a vaccination center at the National Museum in Yaounde, Cameroon, on November 29, 2021. (Daniel Beloumou Olomo/AFP/Getty Images)