'No need to panic' over Omicron variant: Africa CDC

'No need to panic' over Omicron variant: Africa CDC

Omicron Variant, African Cdc

2021-12-02 04:50:00 PM

'No need to panic' over Omicron variant: Africa CDC

The Africa n Union's health watchdog appealed for calm over Omicron.

John Nkengasong, head of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), urged moderation."We are very concerned but are not worried that the situation cannot be managed," he told a press briefing.READ:COVID-19 | NICD says SA is entering fourth wave

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"There is no need to panic. We are not defenceless."The Africa CDC said it had been preparing"for the longest time" for the possibility of a new variant and was well placed to contain a surge in cases.The Omicron variant has been reported in four African countries including South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria and Botswana, it said.

WATCH:WHO Africa gives update on Omicron variant"This will be the fourth wave that we are facing as a continent," Nkengasong said."We know how to deploy rapid responders, we know how to provide the interventions that are necessary," he said, adding that vaccines were also"flowing very steadily" into the continent. headtopics.com

However, vaccine uptake in Africa, a continent of nearly 1.2 billion people, has been low, with only seven percent of the population fully innoculated.WATCH:Discussion | Latest on omicron variantImmunisation campaigns suffered a slow start due to poor access to jabs, and in some countries hesitancy surrounding Covid-19 vaccines is widespread.

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Africa needs an estimate 1.5 billion vaccine doses to immunise 60 percent of its inhabitants and achieve some level of herd immunity. So far, the continent has received just over 400 million doses.The United Nations and the WHO in October criticised rich nations' rollout of booster shots, saying this crimped poorer nations' access to jabs.

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