According to WHO, the COVAX Facility has slashed planned COVID-19 vaccine deliveries to Africa by around 150 million this year which means the continent faces almost 500 million doses short of the global year-end target of fully vaccinating 40% of its population.
of the population in Africa will be vaccinated against covid-19 by the end of the
year. This is according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
According to WHO, the COVAX Facility has slashed planned COVID-19 vaccine
deliveries to Africa by around 150 million this year which means the continent
faces almost 500 million doses short of the global year-end target of fully
vaccinating 40% of its population.
With the cutback, Dr Moeti Matshidiso the WHO Africa boss says COVAX is
now expected to deliver 470 million doses to Africa this year. These will be
enough to vaccinate just 17% of the population.
An additional 470 million doses are needed to reach the end-year target even if
all planned shipments via COVAX and the African Union are delivered.
“Export bans and vaccine hoarding have a chokehold on vaccine supplies to
Africa. As long as rich countries lock COVAX out of the market, Africa will
miss its vaccination goals. The huge gap in vaccine equity is not closing
anywhere near fast enough. It is time for vaccine manufacturing countries to
open the gates and help protect those facing the greatest risk,” Matshidiso
already called for countries with enough vaccines to give up their place
in the queue for deliveries but Matshidiso says the jabs should
be available in larger, more predictable volumes and with longer shelf
About 95 million more doses are set to arrive in Africa via COVAX throughout
September, which will be the largest shipment the continent receives for any
month so far.
Yet even as deliveries pick up, Africa has been able to fully vaccinate just 50
million people or 3.6% of its people.
Around 2% of the nearly 6 billion doses given globally have been administered
Union and the United Kingdom have vaccinated over 60% of their people and
high-income countries have administered 48 times more doses per person than
staggering inequity and severe lag in shipments of vaccines threaten to turn
areas in Africa with low vaccination rates into breeding grounds for
vaccine-resistant variants. This could end up sending the whole world back to
square one,” said Dr Moeti.
As of Tuesday, there were 8 million COVID-19 cases recorded in Africa and while
the third wave wanes, there were nearly 125,000 new cases in the week
ending September 12th.
is a 27% drop from the previous week, weekly new cases are still at about the
peak of the first wave and 19 countries continue to report high or fast-rising
case numbers, according to WHO.
Deaths fell by 19% to 2531 reported in Africa in the week of September 12th.
The highly transmissible Delta variant has been found in 31 African countries.
The Alpha variant has been detected in 44 countries and the Beta variant in 39.