The small island nations of Mauritius and Seychelles vaccinated more than 60% of their population
Following the World Health Assembly’s goal of fully vaccinating 10% of every country’s population against COVID-19 by September 30, 15 of Africa’s 54 countries have reached the target, according to findings released on Wednesday. World Health Organization (WHO).
The small island nations of Mauritius and Seychelles had vaccination rates exceeding 60%, and Morocco had 48%. The WHO said that about 90% of high-income countries worldwide have met the 10% target.
Of the 52 countries that have received vaccines for COVID-19, half have fully vaccinated 2% or less of their population.
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“The latest data shows modest gains but there is still a long way to go to reach the WHO goal of fully immunizing 40% of the population by the end of the year,” said Dr Richard Mihigo, Immunization and Vaccine Development Program Coordinator for Africa WHO regional office for, said in a Statement. “Shipments are increasing but opaque distribution schemes are still the number one nuisance holding Africa back.”
The global health agency said eight other countries, such as South Africa, achieved the target in early September, while six others achieved the target this month, as COVID-19 vaccine distribution increased.
Africa has administered 2% of the more than 6 billion vaccines given worldwide, and approximately 60 million Africans have been fully vaccinated. In September, Africa received 23 million COVID-19 vaccines, marking a tenfold increase from June.
The continent recently saw a 35% decrease in cases, more than 74,000 last week, with 34 countries reporting nearly 1,800 new deaths. The highly permeable delta variant has been detected in 39 African countries.
“Despite the declining number of cases, we should all remain vigilant and continue to follow proven public health and safety measures that we know save lives, such as wearing masks, washing hands regularly and Physical distancing, especially when vaccination rates remain low,” Mihigo said.