Africa faces a shortage of COVID-19 vaccines to meet the global year-end target of fully vaccinating 40 percent of its population, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Thursday.
An additional 470 million doses are needed to reach the end-year target even if all planned shipments via the COVAX facility and the African Union are delivered, said a statement by WHO’s regional office for Africa, based in Brazzaville, capital of Republic of the Congo.
About 95 million more doses are set to arrive in Africa via the COVAX facility throughout September. As more vaccines are delivered, Africa has been able to fully vaccinate just 50 million people, or about 3.6 percent of its people.
WHO is ramping up support to African countries to identify and address gaps in their COVID-19 vaccine rollout. WHO has assisted 15 African countries in conducting intra-action reviews, which analyze all aspects of their vaccination campaigns and offer recommendations for improvements. The reviews have shown that vaccine supply security and uncertainty around deliveries are major impediments for many African countries.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa reached 8,096,504 as of Thursday afternoon, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said.
The Africa CDC, the specialized healthcare agency of the African Union, in its COVID-19 update, said that the death toll from the pandemic across the continent stands at 204,821, while some 7,409,626 patients have recovered from the disease so far. Enditem