Speaking during the WHO African Region press briefing on the COVID-19 pandemic in the continent, WHO’s Regional Director for Africa Dr. Matshidiso Moeti said 42 of Africa’s 54 countries may not reach the goal of vaccinating 10 percent of the population by September if the current pace of vaccine deliveries and vaccinations hold.
“Nine African countries, including South Africa, Morocco and Tunisia have already reached the global target. At the current pace, three more African countries are set to meet the target. Two more could meet it if they speed up vaccinations,” Dr. Moeti said.
WHO however said that 24 out of 54 African countries (nearly half) are still reporting high or fast-rising COVID-19 case numbers.
“The epicenter is a moving target, jumping from one sub-region to the next. Cases are rising in West, Central and East Africa.”
The UN Health Agency also announced that over 143 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been received in Africa, and 39 million people (less than 3 percent of Africa’s population) are fully vaccinated.
“We are working tirelessly to support countries to hit the global target of fully vaccinating 10 percent of their populations by the end of September. We have just one month to go.”
“Dose-sharing arrangements need to continue to be stepped-up. Longer-term, African countries are putting in place systems and hubs to produce vaccines locally. To fast track the global recovery from this pandemic, international solidarity remains key,” Dr. Moeti said.