Africa: Covid-19 vaccination, a cause for concern

vaccin covid-19WHO (World Health Organization) expressed its concern over the Covid-19 vaccination in Africa. Following the delay registered by the global system of rapid and fair access to "COVAX" vaccines, only three African countries have started to vaccinate their population (situation as of 19 February 2021):

  • Morocco: 5.64 doses administered per 100 inhabitants
  • Egypt: 0.001 dose administered per 100 inhabitants
  • Algeria: 0.0007 dose administered per 100 inhabitants

The majority of other African countries will receive the first batches of COVAX vaccine by the end of 2021. Tunisia expects the first shipment of Pfizer vaccine to arrive in March 2021.

South Africa is a special case. The country received the first batches of AstraZeneca vaccine but decided to suspend the vaccination campaign due to doubt about its effectiveness against the South African variant.

Worldwide, no less than 130 countries (nearly 2.5 billion people) are waiting for vaccine jabs. Many of these countries have no visibility of when the first batches of anti-Covid-19 will be received.

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