Only 7 million Africans fully vaccinated with two COVID-19 vaccine doses-WHO
London, June 4, 2021 (AltAfrica)-World Health Organization Regional Director for Africa Dr. Matshidiso Moeti has stated that a total of 31 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in African countries, adding that only seven million Africans have received the full dose of the vaccine.
This reinforces growing concerns that shortages in many African countries are holding back the rollout of urgently needed second doses of the Covid vaccine.
The United Nations and the Africa Centres for Disease Control (CDC) are urging countries with surplus supplies to donate them to regions of Africa where they’re needed.
“In sub-Saharan Africa, we are at an average of one [COVID-19 vaccine] dose per 100 people, compared to a global average of 23, & 62 in high-income countries,” Dr. Moeti said during the 74th World Health Assembly.
Over 4.8 million confirmed #COVID19 cases on the African continent – with more than 4.3 million recoveries & 130,000 deaths cumulatively.— WHO African Region (@WHOAFRO) June 1, 2021
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The Regional Director further stated that the gap between vaccinations globally and on the African continent is increasing, even as the cases continue to rise.
“In the past week, 74,000 new cases were reported – an increase of nine percent over the previous week. We are seeing rising cases in South Africa & Uganda, and cases have increased abruptly in 8 countries, including Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau & Nigeria,” she added.
Since the start of the pandemic, supplies worth US$123 million have been shipped to African countries through the UN Supply Portal, coordinated by WHO.
These include around 3,700 oxygen concentrators, 1,300 patient monitors and 700 ventilators.