Are we there yet? Unbundling the potential adoption and integration of telemedicine to improve virtual healthcare services in African health systems

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Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the attention has now shifted towards universal vaccination to gracefully lift
strict COVID-19 restrictions previously imposed to contain the spread of the disease. Sub-Saharan Africa is
experiencing an exponential increase of infections and deaths coupled with vaccines shortages, personal protective
equipment, weak health systems and COVID-19 emerging variants. Some developed countries integrated
telemedicine to reduce the impacts of the shortage of healthcare professionals and potentially reduce the risk of
exposure, ensuring easy delivery of quality health services while limiting regular physical contact and direct
hospitalization.

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