COVID-19 Vaccination: Africa at risk of being left behind – WHO

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The World Health Organization (WHO) cautioned that there is a possibility that Africa will be left behind in vaccination against COVID-19 as costs escalate due to competition in other areas.

NAN informs that Dr Matshidiso Moeti, Regional Director for Africa, released an alert at a briefing on Thursday.

Moeti said that Guinea was the last low-income nation on the continent to offer doses, with only 25 residents actually vaccinated.

According to her, Seychelles is the only country on the continent where the national vaccine programme COVID-19 has begun.

“We first, not me first, is the only way to end the pandemic. Vaccine hoarding will only prolong the ordeal and delay Africa’s recovery.

“It is deeply unjust that the most vulnerable Africans are forced to wait for vaccines while lower-risk groups in rich countries are made safe.

“Health workers and vulnerable people in Africa need urgent access to safe and effective COVID-19vaccines,” Moeti said.

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