COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Africa

Aneela SiddiquiWeb Editor

04th Sep, 2021. 09:58 am
Africa

According to the UN agency of Africa, the continent must catch up to the rest of the globe in terms of vaccine rollouts.

“The delay in the delivery of vaccine doses from the Serum Institute of India earmarked for Africa, the delay in the deployment of vaccines and the emergence of new variants means that the risk of a new wave of infections remains very high in Africa,” it said in a statement.

“The risk of a fresh wave of infections remains very high in Africa due to the delay in the supply of vaccine doses from the Serum Institute of India slated for Africa, the delay in the deployment of vaccinations, and the development of new variations,” it said in a statement.

It went on to say that new variants, such as those seen in India and South Africa, might bring a “third wave” across the continent.

“The tragedy in India does not have to happen here in Africa, but we must all be on the highest possible alert,” said regional WHO director Matshidiso Moeti.

“While we call for vaccine equity, Africa must also knuckle down and make the best of what we have. We must get all the doses we have into people’s arms.”

The WHO noted that certain African countries have been experts in vaccine deployment, but did not mention them.

Despite this, just around “half of the 37 million doses obtained in Africa have been administered so far,” according to the report.

 

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