Africa has to this point administered simply over 25 million COVID-19 vaccine doses, or 1.5% of the doses given worldwide, the top of the World Well being Group (WHO) stated on Saturday.
“And that is tragic,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated at a gathering of the Peace and Safety Council of the African Union on entry to vaccines in opposition to the COVID-19 pandemic for the African continent.
“Previously two weeks, we’re seeing some progress … with a great variety of nations committing to share and equitable distribution of vaccines, however vaccine nationalism nonetheless holds us again, ” Tedros added.
He additionally stated WHO is working to convey fast options for the equitable distribution of vaccine doses.
“On the identical time, we can not let down our guard. What is occurring now in lots of different elements of the world may occur in Africa,” the WHO head stated.
Tedros stated the pandemic has demonstrated that Africa can not rely solely on imports of vaccines from the remainder of the world.
“We should construct that capability, not just for COVID-19 vaccines, however for different vaccines and medical merchandise. However on the identical time we’ve got to deal with the fast answer of vaccine sharing, as I stated earlier, ” he added.
There are over 4.7 million confirmed COVID-19 instances on the African continent with greater than 4.2 million recoveries and 126,000 deaths, in line with WHO figures.
COVID-19 vaccine shipments to African nations have slowed down in Might as a result of “the reliance on India as one of many key producers globally, and the devastating surge of instances India is coping with, Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Africa Director Matshidiso Moeti stated on Thursday.
The African continent was anticipating 66 million COVID-19 vaccine doses by means of COVAX facility from February to Might, however as a substitute it has to this point obtained solely 18.2 million doses, in line with the WHO.