COVID-19: Africa lagging behind in vaccination – WHO

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said in its latest report that of the 3.7 billion COVID-19 vaccines administered globally, Africa has administered only 1.7 percent, which is equivalent to 62.9 million vaccine doses.

WHO regional director for Africa Dr Matshidiso Moeti, disclosed this in an online press briefing on COVID-19.

“Turning to COVID-19 vaccines, Africa continues to lag behind sadly. Just 20 million Africans or 1.5 per cent of the continent’s population are fully vaccinated so far. Just 1.7 per cent of the 3.7 billion doses given globally have been administered in Africa,” she said.

She said with the third wave of the pandemic sweeping across the globe, 21 countries were experiencing a resurgence of infections while oxygen requirements had risen in 13 countries due to the surge.

She urged countries to brace for an increased infection following the recent Eid celebrations.

“The Eid celebrations, which we marked this week, may also result in a rise in cases. We must step up surveillance and be prepared.

“We must all double down on prevention measures to build on these fragile gains, and countries must prepare for an increase in cases, especially severe illness and what needs to be done to limit people dying,” she added.

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