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47 African countries may miss vaccine target: World Health Organization


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Nairobi| According to a World Health Organization (WHO) official, 9 out of 10 African countries may miss the target of providing the Kovid-19 vaccine to 10 percent of their population by September this year. WHO’s regional director for Africa Matshidiso Moeti told Xinhua news agency on Thursday that nearly 90 percent, or 47 of 54 African countries, are clueless about vaccinating 10 percent of their population against the virus in the next three months.

Moeti said in a statement, “Most of the people of Africa are always in danger.” If there is a third wave of corona in Africa, then there is a risk of infection in the whole of Africa because the vaccination program will not be completed by the time fixed here.

Figures from the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) show that the continent had received 54.9 million vaccine doses and as of June 7, 35.59 million have been administered.

Africa According to the CDC, the top five African countries that have taken the lead in COVID-19 vaccination include Morocco, Egypt, Nigeria, Ethiopia and South Africa.

Moeti said Africa needs 225 million doses to meet the 10 percent vaccination target.

According to the WHO, 20 countries in Africa have used less than 50 percent of the vaccine doses received under the Covax facility, while 12 are at risk of running out more than 10 percent of AstraZeneca’s doses by the end of August.

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