2% or less have Covid jabs in African nations: WHO
Published: 11:58 AM, 1 October 2021 Updated: 11:58 AM, 1 October 2021
Just “two percent” of the total population or less in half of the countries in Africa, have been given the full dose of coronavirus vaccine, said World Health Organization (WHO).
“The latest data shows modest gains but there is still a long way to go to reach the WHO target of fully vaccinating 40 percent of the population by the end of the year,” said Richard Mihigo, the WHO’s vaccination coordinator in Africa, on Thursday.
Shipments of the vaccine have been increasing “but opaque delivery plans are still the number one nuisance that holds Africa back,” said Mihigo.
15 of the continent’s 54 nations have managed to vaccinate at least “10 percent of their people”, achieving the global goal for September 30, set in May by the World Health Assembly, the world’s highest health policy-setting body.
A total of 23 million vaccine doses arrived in Africa in September, a 10-fold increase from June.
Half of the 52 African countries that have received COVID-19 vaccines have fully vaccinated just two percent or less of their populations, the WHO said.
Most of the African countries that have met, or bettered the 10 percent goal have relatively small populations.
The islands of Mauritius and Seychelles have managed to fully vaccinate over 60 percent of their populations, according to the WHO data.
In Morocco, 48 percent of the population have received two Covid-19 jabs while the figures are above 20 percent in Tunisia, Comoros and Cape Verde.
“All these countries have enjoyed sufficient supplies of vaccines, and many could access doses from separate sources in addition to those delivered through the global Covax facility,” the WHO said.
Covid-19 case numbers in Africa dropped by 35 percent to just over 74,000 in the week of September 26. Almost 1,800 deaths were reported across 34 African countries in the same period. – AFP