Covid-19 vaccination still low in Africa

Covid-19 vaccination still low in Africa

According to Africa CDC, out of 1.3 billion people in Africa, only 2.4 percent have been successfully vaccinated against covid-19 so far.

However, over the period of last week vaccinations for Covid-19 have increased, although meeting up with 10 percent of the population by the end of next month, September, still remains “a very daunting task,” said Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Director for Africa.

“We have not covered even 5 percent of the population yet with the initial vaccinations that are needed to slow down the spread of the virus and most importantly, stop what we think might be a fourth wave which is coming,” she added.

Matshidiso Moeti, Regional Director of the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa

The distribution of the Covid-19 vaccines across the world has not been considered fair — mostly for people in developing countries. Driven by the Delta variant, newly confirmed Covid-19 cases in Africa across 28 countries are skyrocketing as each day passes with about 248,000 cases recorded in the previous week.

“This is a preventable tragedy if African countries can get fair access to the vaccines,” Moeti said.

It’s quite a different experience for people in developed countries who are now receiving booster shots having been vaccinated.

The Director-General of WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus addressed the situation as “unconscionable”, “while so many people remain unprotected.”

Moeti disclosed that Africa will receive 117 million doses in coming months including an additional 34 million to meet up with the 10 percent vaccination target. She also emphasized that “no precious dose should be wasted.”

By Elijah Christopher

Elijah Christopher

Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.

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