Only 5 African countries may fully vaccinate 40% of population by year-end - WHO Africa

Only 5 African countries may fully vaccinate 40% of population by year-end - WHO Africa

2021-10-28 05:21:00 PM

Only 5 African countries may fully vaccinate 40% of population by year-end - WHO Africa

Only five African countries will meet the target of fully vaccinating 40% of their populations against COVID-19 unless the pace of inoculations accelerates across the continent, World Health Organization said on Thursday.

WHO Africa said in a statement that Kenya, Rwanda and South Africa have already experienced delays in receiving syringes."Early next year COVID-19 vaccines will start pouring into Africa, but a scarcity of syringes could paralyse progress. Drastic measures must be taken to boost syringe production, fast," said Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Africa's director.

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So far, the continent has fully vaccinated 77 million people, just 6% of its population.About 50 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have arrived on the continent this month, almost double September's arrivals, WHO Africa said."However, at the current pace, Africa still faces a 275 million shortfall of COVID-19 vaccines against the year-end target of fully vaccinating 40% of its people," it said.

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