Do or die for vaccine in Africa: WHO

2021-06-10 22:26:27

About 90 per cent of African international locations will miss a September goal to vaccinate not less than 10 per cent of their populations in opposition to COVID-19 as a 3rd wave of the pandemic looms on the continent, a World Well being Organisation (WHO) official says.

Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa, mentioned the continent required an additional 225 million doses to have the ability to vaccinate a tenth of its individuals by September this yr.

Africa has hit 5 million COVID-19 instances, with the continent’s southern area the worst affected, accounting for 37 per cent of whole instances.

South Africa is the worst affected African nation, with about 34 per cent of the overall reported instances and about 43 per cent of all deaths.

“With vaccine shares and shipments drying up, the continent’s vaccination protection for the primary dose stays caught at two per cent and at about one per cent in sub-saharan Africa,” Moeti informed a weekly information briefing.

“Vaccines have been confirmed to forestall instances and deaths, so international locations that may should urgently share COVID-19 vaccines.

“It is do or die on dose sharing for Africa.”

Moeti mentioned US President Joe Biden plans to purchase and donate 500 million doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine to greater than 90 international locations was an essential step in making vaccines out there on the continent.

Africa Centres for Illness Management director John Nkengasong mentioned in a separate information convention that 14 African international locations have been “aggressively” heading in direction of a 3rd wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

“You may clearly see that the variant that was recognized in India is getting a maintain on the continent,” he mentioned.

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