The African regional director of the United Nations health agency said that the suspension of vaccination campaigns on the African continent will lead to “loss of lives and hope.”
The World Health Organization said on Thursday that Africa needs to receive at least 20 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine within six weeks, and if the first vaccinated people have to receive the second vaccine in time.
“Africa now needs vaccines,” said Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organization’s regional director for Africa, in a statement.
“Any suspension of our vaccination activities will result in loss of life and hope.”
The WHO statement emphasizes the importance of adhering to the recommended dose interval of 8 to 12 weeks to ensure that recipients receive an 81% long-term protection rate.
The statement added: “In addition to this urgent need, another 200 million doses of the WHO-listed emergency COVID-19 vaccine are needed so that the African continent can vaccinate 10% of its population by September 2021. .”
-WHO Africa Region (@WHOAFRO) May 27, 2021
As of May 26, Africa has registered more than 4.7 million coronavirus cases and nearly 130,000 people have died from the virus.
In addition, the head of the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) called on the international community to provide the African continent with the required quantities of vaccines, believing that this is a “collective security issue.”
“We have not won the vaccination war in Africa,” said John Enkengasson, director of the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at a weekly media briefing in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Thursday.
“Forty-three million doses of vaccine have been obtained, [of which] 23 million doses have been injected,” he said.
Vaccination campaigns in Africa to fight COVID-19 Also facing delays As a result of the export ban imposed by India, the main supplier of AstraZeneca vaccines, COVAX is a UN-supported program that aims to provide more than 2 billion doses of vaccine to the 92 poorest countries in the world this year. India has stopped exporting vaccines because it is struggling to cope with the devastating resurgence of the disease.
“The interests of all nations”-Prime Minister of France
In addition, French President Emmanuel Macron stated that shipping the COVID-19 vaccine to Africa is not only a moral obligation, but also in the interests of Europe and the world to prevent the emergence of new virus variants.
Macron said in a speech during his visit to Rwanda that France is expected to provide 30 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Africa by the end of the year, Germany will also provide 30 million doses, and the EU will provide a total of more than 100 doses. One million doses of vaccine were delivered to Africa this year.
“Helping Africa to get vaccinated… First of all, it is the obligation of solidarity, and it is also very simple… It is in the interest of all European countries and all countries in the world,” Macron said when visiting the vaccination center. Kigali participated in the state visit.
He said that if all countries are not vaccinated, the virus will continue to spread and develop new variants.