As world leaders prepare for a rally at the United Nations General Assembly, African public health experts on Thursday called for action to accelerate the supply of a COVID-19 vaccine to their continent, in According to the World Health Organization, only 3.6% of people are educated. So far there is complete vaccination against the disease.
Due to a lack of supply from Covax, a global vaccine sharing initiative, African countries only have half the dose to meet the global goal of fully vaccinating 40% of their population by the end of 2021. Inequality in vaccine distribution persists. POWERFUL: About 17 percent of the world’s population lives in Africa, but according to WHO, only 2 percent of the nearly six billion photos attached so far are provided in Africa.
dr. Ayode Olatunbosun-Alkija, President of the African Alliance for Vaccine Delivery, said at an online press conference on Thursday: “When the UN General Assembly meets next week, I would like to ask African leaders for equal access to vaccines to ensure . I called. “Ask rich countries: Where are vaccines in Africa? Where are vaccines for low- and middle-income countries?”
Rich countries around the world give only a fraction of the dose given to Covax. This reduction is one of the main reasons Covax cut its estimate for the number of doses available this year last week. According to Oxford University’s Our World in Data project, 80% of photos worldwide are used in high-income and high-income countries. Only 0.4% of doses are administered in low-income countries.
Another reason, experts say, is that India, with the world’s largest drug industry, has stopped exporting coronavirus vaccines as it tries to vaccinate more of its population.
“Export restrictions and vaccine accumulation are still a stumbling block in the route of vaccine delivery to Africa,” said Dr. Matshidiso Moetti, WHO Director for Africa, at a press conference. “If rich countries don’t take COVAX and the African Union off the market, Africa will miss its vaccination targets.
dr. Moetti reiterated the World Health Organization’s call for countries to postpone booster injections to healthy people until the end of the year to deliver more doses of the vaccine to countries still struggling to deliver initial doses. do. However, many countries are still planning funding programs.
dr. Moetti said African countries had significantly expanded their delivery capacity by delivering 13 million doses in the past week, more than three times the previous week. However, at the current pace, countries will not be able to reach the 40 percent vaccination target by next March, he said.