Africa gets just 1.7% of 3.7b vaccines adminstered in the world, says WHO

World Health Organisation (WHO) has decried the uneven distribution of covid-19 vaccines in the world, as Africa only accounts for 1.7 percent of the 3.7 billion COVID-19 vaccines administered globally, equivalent to 62.9 million vaccine doses.

It 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.

The global health body advised countries to prepare for an increased infection following the Eid celebrations a few days ago.

WHO Regional Director for Africa Dr Moeti Matshidiso, spoke in an online press briefing on COVID-19.

“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: “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…’’



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