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The Power of Collaboration, Artificial Intelligence and Big Data in the fight against COVID-19 in Africa

The Power of Collaboration, Artificial Intelligence and Big Data in the fight against COVID-19 in Africa

With the scarcity of COVID-19 vaccines in many African countries and new variants on the rise, real-time delivery of reliable and comprehensive information is crucial for guiding government policies and practices. Supported by Canada‚Äôs International Development Center (IDRC) and the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) as part of the Global South AI4COVID program, the Africa-Canada Artificial Intelligence and Data  Innovation Consortium (known as ACADIC) is providing locally-nuanced data insights to inform public health decision making, as well as vaccination roll-out strategies.  With a view to scaling up approaches across the continent, the team is leveraging big data and AI-based techniques in nine African countries, namely Botswana, Cameroon, Eswatini, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

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