Brazzaville: After a near-halt of covid-19 vaccine shipments in Africa, delivers have ramped up in recent months, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.
"We are not out of the woods yet," WHO Regional Director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, told a virtual press conference with the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.
According to the UN agency, nearly four million doses of coronavirus vaccines from the UN-partnered COVAX initiative arrived in Africa last week, compared with just 245,000 for all of June.
COVAX aims to ship 520 million doses to Africa by the end of 2021.
COVID-19 vaccine deliveries from the African Union’s Africa Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT) are picking up, with a projected rise to 10 million each month from September.
Around 45 million doses are expected from AVAT by the year’s end.
So far, almost 79 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have arrived in Africa and 21 million people, or just 1.6% of Africa’s population, are fully vaccinated.
High-income countries have given 61 times more doses per person than low-income countries.
To fully vaccinate 30% of Africa’s population by the end of 2021, the continent needs up to 820 million doses, considering a two-dose schedule.