‘Vaccine delivery woes leave African states in the lurch’

 

Many Africans who have received their first COVID-19 vaccine do not know when they will get a second shot because deliveries are delayed, according to the continent’s top public health official, reported Business Day (16 April 2021)

According to the Africa CDC just fewer than 14-m doses have been administered on the continent of 1.3-bn people.

The vaccines available in African countries have been delivered via the World Health Organization (WHO)- backed Covax facility. Covax aims to deliver 600-million shots to 40 African nations this year, enough to vaccinate 20 percent of their populations.

Regarding delays in shipments of more doses via Covax, Richard Mihigo, immunisation

programme co-ordinator for the WHO in Africa, said Covax is working to ensure countries that received their first instalment of vaccines in early March will also soon receive their second instalment.

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