African countries will miss key vaccine deadline unless they receive more than 200 million more jabs – WHO

The WHO has warned most African countries will doubtless miss a key vaccination aim.

Nearly 90% of African countries will miss a goal of vaccinating a tenth of their inhabitants by September unless they urgently receive more than 200 million jabs, the WHO warned Thursday.

“Only seven African countries (out of 54) are likely to reach the target,” the World Health Organisation’s director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, stated in a web-based briefing.

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At least 225 million jabs are urgently required if nearly all of the countries are to satisfy the deadline, she stated.

Africans have obtained much less than one p.c of the over 2.1 billion doses administered globally, in line with the WHO.

Just one in 50 of the continent’s practically 1.3 billion individuals have obtained one jab, it stated.

Africa has been hit by a close to standstill in vaccine deliveries, partly attributable to lack of provides from India, which is battling its personal flareup of Covid-19.

The WHO urged wealthier countries to share vaccines – a necessity that Moeti described as “do or die.”

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