Despite the increased levels of vaccinations across Africa during the past week, World Health Organisation Africa Director said protecting even 10 percent of the continent by the end of September remains “a very daunting task.”
“This is a preventable tragedy if African countries can get fair access to the vaccines,” Matshidiso Moeti told reporters.
The continent saw 248,000 new confirmed cases during the past week, with at least 28 countries experiencing a surge in infections driven by the Delta variant.
According to Moeti, 13 million doses were administered in the past week, three times more than the number of shots given in the previous week.
That is little to no progress in the continent that is home to 1.3 billion people, where the Africa CDC said only 2.4 percent are currently vaccinated.
Africa will receive 117 million doses in coming months but an additional 34 million will be needed to reach the 10 percent vaccination target, the WHO Africa director added.
- Moeti urged African countries to ramp up their readiness to utilise vaccines when they arrive. “No precious dose should be wasted,” she said.