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MTN’s Plans for the New Year

A call by Africa’s biggest mobile operator MTN, for all employees to get vaccinated or risk dismissal from work beginning next year signals a shift in how the continent’s largest companies are dealing with the pandemic. Headquarted in South Africa—which is feeling the effects of the protracted pandemic and the undeserved global backlash after the discovery of the omicron variant—MTN’s move might be an indication of future private sector vaccine mandates to come. As Africa’s largest mobile network and mobile money operator, MTN has a presence in over 20 countries in Africa and the Middle East and employs 19,300 people.