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African Countries Acquire Over 70 Million Doses Of COVID-19 Vaccines

Airport staff transport a consignment of COVID-19 vaccines at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka, capital of Zambia, April 12, 2021. (Xinhua/Martin Mbangweta)

 

Some 52 African countries have acquired about 70.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines so far, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said Thursday.

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The Africa CDC, the specialized healthcare agency of the African Union, said around 1.19 percent of Africa’s population have received a full vaccine regimen.

 

Some 53.3 million of the total 70.4 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered, the Africa CDC said.

 

Five countries, namely Morocco, Egypt, Nigeria, South Africa and Algeria have acquired and administered the most doses of COVID-19 vaccines to their respective populations, according to the agency.

 

The North African country Morocco has so far administered 19.6 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, accounting for 24.9 percent of the country’s total population, it was noted.

 

As of Thursday, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa had reached 5,779,806, with 148,736 deaths and 5,013,245 recoveries, according to the agency.

 

South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, Ethiopia and Egypt are the countries with the most cases in the continent, according to the Africa CDC.

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