The deployment of COVID-19 vaccines in Africa has accelerated amid the hunt to include the virus and reopen the continent’s financial system, the World Well being Organisation (WHO) mentioned.
Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Regional Director for Africa, mentioned this in an announcement issued in Nairobi on Thursday.
Moeti mentioned the continent had stepped up procurement of vaccines to inoculate teams at larger danger of contracting the coronavirus.
“The roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines is an unbelievable, much-awaited leap ahead for African international locations which have spent months getting ready whereas rich international locations race forward with vaccination,” Moeti mentioned.
Ghana, on Wednesday, grew to become the primary African nation to obtain 600,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine procured by way of the COVAX facility.
Moeti mentioned Cote d’Ivoire would obtain its vaccine allocation Friday, whereas 24 African international locations had been anticipated to obtain their doses procured beneath COVAX in a fortnight.
“COVAX is a world expression of fairness, and it can’t be confused sufficient that to finish the pandemic, all international locations should transfer ahead with vaccination collectively.
“No nation is secure till all international locations are secure,” mentioned Moeti.
She mentioned the vast majority of African international locations had been collaborating in COVAX services and had put sturdy programs in place to facilitate mass inoculation in opposition to the COVID-19 illness.
“The COVID-19 vaccines will assist save lives and increase financial restoration. There’s a want for extra investments in vaccine fairness, together with sharing of surplus by rich nations,” mentioned Moeti.
Based on Moeti, 600 million doses procured beneath the COVAX facility can be delivered in Africa in 2021 to assist inoculate weak teams like frontline well being care employees, the aged and the terminally unwell.