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COVID-19 Vaccination: African Countries Lagging Behind, 80% to Miss Global Target

Data from WHO shows that only three countries; South Africa, Morocco and Tunisia have already met the target while two other countries, Seychelles and Comoros are on point. The countries doing well have been able to vaccinate many people by securing vaccines directly and not relying on donations


Nearly 80 percent of African countries will not be able to meet the global target of vaccinating at least 10 percent of its most vulnerable people by the end of September, according to the World Health Organisation.



According to WHO, 42 African countries will miss the global targets due to the slow pace of vaccine delivery.

Data from WHO shows that only three countries; South Africa, Morocco and Tunisia have already met the target while two other countries, Seychelles and Comoros are on point. 

Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Africa regional director says that have been able to meet the targets have done so by procuring their own vaccines directly and not relying on donations.



"Many of these countries have procured vaccines directly on their own plus the donations that they have received," Dr Moeti said. "The other countries are low income and depending on only donations, and their situation is dire. They will not be able to meet this target." 


She adds that vaccine hoarding that is being carried out in the West has worsened the situation by making it impossible for some African countries willing to access vaccines to get them.



"With less than a month to go, this looming goal must exercise minds in Africa and globally," Dr Moeti said.  "Vaccine hoarding has held Africa back and we urgently need more vaccines, but as more doses arrive, African countries must zero in and drive forward precise plans to rapidly vaccinate the millions of people that still face a grave threat from COVID-19."


Over 143 million doses have been received in Africa. These doses have been used to fully vaccinate 39 million people which accounts for just 3% of Africa’s population. In comparison, 52% of people are fully vaccinated in the United States of America and 57% in the European Union.




“The inequity is deeply disturbing," said Dr Moeti goes on. "Just 2% of the over five billion doses given globally have been administered in Africa. Yet recent rises in vaccine shipments and commitments shows that a fairer, more just global distribution of vaccines looks possible.”



Uganda is one of the 48 countries that will not be able to meet the deadline.

According to data from the health ministry, only 6.2 percent of the targeted 22 million people have been vaccinated. A breakdown of the data shows that as of August 30, only 977,889 people had received one jab of a vaccine while 399,097 had received two jabs.






The country like so many other African countries, has depended mainly on donations. While procurement orders have been made to procure both Johnson&Johnson and Sinopharm vaccines, deliveries for these vaccines is expected to take place late this month and in October.


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