Less than 3.5% of the African population vaccinated against COVID-19

Less than 3.5% of the population of the African continent has received the complete vaccination schedule against COVID-19, John Nkengasong, director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said today.

Meanwhile, the percentage of the completely vaccinated population exceeds at least 50% in the United States and 70% in the European Union.

“Until now, only two countries in Africa have reached the 40% target (marked by the World Health Organization -WHO- for the end of this year), the lowest number of any region “, said in the same virtual press conference the director general of the WHO, the Ethiopian Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

According to Tedros, Of the more than 5.7 billion vaccines administered in the world, only 2% have reached Africa.

The WHO director general also stressed that the difficulties in immunizing the region’s population – a total of 1.3 billion inhabitants – are not due to the fact that African countries “do not have the capacity or experience” to deploy vaccines. against COVID-19, but rather that “the rest of the world has left them behind.”

Tedros already denounced last week that developed countries “have promised to donate more than one billion doses, but only 15% of those promises have materialized”, while pharmaceutical companies have said that they would give priority to the COVAX vaccine distribution program but they have not done it.

Immersed in a severe third wave that is now beginning to subside, Africa surpassed eight million COVID-19 cases last weekend.

Although the WHO confirmed last Thursday that the third wave has adopted “a downward trend”, the regional director of the organization for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, warned that the contagion rates are still high and that the maximums of this last wave – recorded in July – were very high and prolonged, largely due to the effects of the delta variant.

To control the appearance of variants of COVID-19 on the continent, WHO announced the creation of a Regional Center of Excellence for Genomic Surveillance and Bioinformatics in the South African city of Cape Town.

To date, of a total 8 million 056 thousand 598 infections, 203 thousand 574 resulted in deaths and 7 million 299 thousand 015 million are already recovered patients, according to the latest figures registered by the Africa CDC.

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