Over 70% of African Countries Miss Covid-19 Vaccination Target

The World Health Organization says only 15 out of Africa’s 54 countries have met the global target of vaccinating more than 10 percent of their populations against COVID-19 by the end of September.

Just 4 percent of Africans have been fully jabbed, compared with 60 percent in Europe.

Seychelles, Mauritius and Morocco, have achieved, the highest vaccination rates, all above 40 percent.

The WHO attributes this to their robust vaccination programs, the size of the countries and their populations among other factors.

Many of these highly vaccinated countries are in the upper-middle or high-income brackets and have procured vaccines directly from manufacturers,” said WHO’s Africa regional director Matshidiso Moeti.

Covax had planned to deliver nearly 300 million doses to Africa, however it has only been able to procure 72 million doses.

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