The deployment of COVID-19 vaccines in Africa has accelerated amid the hunt to comprise the virus and reopen the continent’s economic system, the World Well being Organisation (WHO) mentioned.
Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Regional Director for Africa, mentioned this in a press release issued in Nairobi on Thursday.
Moeti mentioned the continent had stepped up procurement of vaccines to inoculate teams at increased danger of contracting the coronavirus.
“The roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines is an unimaginable, much-awaited leap ahead for African international locations which have spent months making 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 via 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 below COVAX in a fortnight.
“COVAX is a world expression of fairness, and it can’t be pressured sufficient that to finish the pandemic, all international locations should transfer ahead with vaccination collectively.
“No nation is protected till all international locations are protected,” mentioned Moeti.
She mentioned nearly all of African international locations had been collaborating in COVAX services and had put strong techniques in place to facilitate mass inoculation towards the COVID-19 illness.
“The COVID-19 vaccines will assist save lives and enhance financial restoration. There’s a want for extra investments in vaccine fairness, together with sharing of surplus by rich nations,” mentioned Moeti.
In line with Moeti, 600 million doses procured below the COVAX facility can be delivered in Africa in 2021 to assist inoculate susceptible teams like frontline well being care staff, the aged and the terminally ailing.