The World Health Organization said on Thursday that only two percent or less of people in half of Africa’s countries have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus,
Fifteen of the continent’s 54 countries have managed to vaccinate at least 10 percent of their population, achieving the global target of 30 September, which was approved by the World Health Assembly, the world’s highest health policy-making body. was determined in May.
Richard Mihigo, the World Health Organization’s vaccination coordinator in Africa, said: “The latest figures show modest gains, but there is still a long way to go to reach the WHO goal of fully vaccinating 40 percent of the population by the end of the year.” “
“Vaccine shipments are increasing, but opaque distribution plans are still the number one nuisance holding Africa back,” Mihigo said.
A total of 23 million doses of the vaccine arrived in Africa in September, 10 times more than in June.
The WHO said half of the 52 African countries that have received COVID-19 vaccines have fully immunized just 2 percent or less of their population.
Most African countries that have met, or have done better, the 10 percent target, have relatively small populations.
According to WHO data, the islands of Mauritius and Seychelles have managed to fully vaccinate more than 60 percent of their population.
In Morocco, 48 percent of the population has received two COVID-19 jabs, while in Tunisia, Comoros and Cape Verde the figure is above 20 percent.
“All of these countries have enjoyed a substantial supply of vaccines, and many may receive doses from sources other than those distributed through the global Covax facility,” the WHO said.
The number of Covid-19 cases in Africa dropped by 35 percent in the week to 26 September to just over 74,000.
About 1,800 deaths occurred in 34 African countries in the same period.
“Despite the declining number of cases, we should all remain vigilant and continue to follow proven public health and safety measures that we know save lives, such as wearing masks, washing hands regularly and Physical distancing, especially when vaccination rates remain low,” Mihigo told a virtual press conference.
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