Africa: WHO – Africa Left Behind in Race for Covid-19 Vaccine – NewsEverything Africa

Geneva, Switzerland — The World Well being Group says Africa’s rollout of COVID-19 vaccine is being hampered by provide shortages and delays in deliberate deliveries. Up to now, the WHO studies 4.three million circumstances of COVID-19 in Africa, together with 114,000 deaths.

A couple of international locations are bucking the pattern and making good progress in immunizing their populations in opposition to the lethal coronavirus. The World Well being Group says Morocco has bought 8.7 million doses of vaccine and has administered extra pictures to its inhabitants than every other African nation.

It provides a couple of different international locations, notably Ghana, Rwanda and Angola, even have distributed a major proportion of their vaccine inside a short while. Nevertheless, WHO Regional Director for Africa Matshidiso Moeti stated a couple of billion Africans nonetheless haven’t been capable of avail themselves of the life-saving device.

She stated Africa has administered solely two % of the greater than 600 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine that has been disbursed globally.

“Ten African international locations which have carried out essentially the most vaccinations have now used up over two-thirds of the provides that they’ve obtained. On the identical time, international locations similar to Benin, Comoros, Liberia, Sierra Leone and South Sudan have confronted delays in rolling out vaccines resulting from constraints round funding, planning and human useful resource shortages,” stated Moeti.

Delay in vaccine cargo

In one other setback, Moeti stated delays in COVAX shipments are anticipated to proceed this month as a result of India is combating a extreme second wave of COVID-19. As a consequence, she stated India, which is a serious producer of the AstraZeneca vaccine, has quickly banned exports.