Covid-19: only 5 African countries will reach the target of 40% vaccination of the population

the essential According to the World Health Organization (WHO), only five African countries – less than 10% of 54 nations on the continent – will meet the year-end goal of fully immunizing 40% of their population against Covid – 10!

Unless efforts are made to step up the pace, the immunization situation on the African continent is unlikely to improve. At this stage, only three African countries, Seychelles, Mauritius and Morocco, have already achieved the set target of vaccinating at least 40% of their population against Covid – 10 by the end of the year. And at the rate things are going, only Tunisia and Cabo Verde could join them.

According to the WHO, “such an imbalance comes as the region struggles to meet the growing demand for essential immunization commodities, such as syringes.” Indeed, Unicef ​​has reported an impending shortage of 2.2 billion disposable syringes for anti-Covid vaccination 19 and routine vaccination in 2022 .

Thus, the UN Agency estimates that Africa is facing a deficit of 275 million vaccines compared to the end-of-year target. “Drastic measures must be taken to stimulate syringe production, and quickly. Countless African lives depend on it,” insists Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa.

Imbalance rich countries / poor countries

According to a count established on 19 last October, more than 6.7 billion doses of vaccine have been administered worldwide, the majority of which in rich countries. For its part, Africa has fully immunized 70 millions of people, or only 6% of its population.

In comparison, more than 70% of high-income countries have ever vaccinated more than 40% of their population.

Latest WHO figures indicate that over 244, 3 million confirmed cases of Covid – 19 have been listed around the world, including nearly 5 million deaths. In Africa, nearly 8.5 million cases have been reported and more than 217 000 death.

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