officials warned Low vaccination rates against COVID-19 in Africa: about 3.5% of the population is fully immunizedAccording to the data released on Tuesday (14).
John Nkengsong, director of the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), announced the balance during a press conference. he remembered that The rate is well below the official 60% target adopted by the authorities.
Given the situation, Strive Masiwa, the special envoy of the African Union for Covid-19, launched Appeal to manufacturers to facilitate sale of vaccination in the region, whose donations internationally are much less than expected.
“Sharing vaccines is a good thing. But we should not rely on donations of vaccines,” said Massieva at the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva. “We want to buy vaccines”.
He recalled that the African Union had created an African fund to acquire vaccination agents (Avat), and that manufacturers have a “moral responsibility” to sell doses to countries in the region.. “These producers are well aware that they never gave us proper access to [às vacinas]”.
A nurse measures the temperature of people preparing to receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in Lagos, Nigeria, August 25, 2021 – Photo: Sunday Alamba / AP
Patent infringement and export ban abolished
Masiyeva called on the international community to break patents on immunizers, saying that The most important thing now for countries to do is to lift the ban on export of vaccines for their inputs..
According to an assessment made by the France Press news agency, they were administered There are 9 doses of vaccines for every 100 residents in Africa, 118 in the United States and Canada, 104 in Europe, 85 in Asia, 84 in Latin America and the Caribbean, 69 in Oceania and 54 in the Middle East..
African countries were “abandoned by the rest of the world”, summarized Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization (WHO).
The organisation, which hopes to vaccinate at least 40% of the continent’s population by the end of the year, has again said that wealthy countries do not start campaigning for a third dose of the vaccine, As already happens in Israel and in France.
The United States, Germany and Sweden also announced that they would launch a booster dose campaign, but WHO director defends that distribution of doses should be prioritized in all countries, not just the richest countries.
Health workers rest at the makeshift train station as the COVID-19 vaccination center in East Rand, South Africa, August 27, 2021 – Photo: SIFYWAY SIBEKO / Reuters