Morocco is among the African countries that have already reached the global vaccination target set in May by the World Health Assembly, consisting of vaccinating 10% of the most vulnerable groups against Covid-19 before the end of the month of September, the WHO regional office for Africa said Thursday.
“Nine African countries, including South Africa, Morocco and Tunisia, have already reached the global immunization target set in May by the World Health Assembly, WHO’s highest decision-making body. At the current rate, three more African countries are on track to meet the immunization target. Two more could achieve this if they increase the pace of vaccinations, “the WHO Africa office said.
According to data collected by the WHO, 42 of the 54 countries in Africa – nearly 80% of the total – are at risk of not meeting the target for vaccination against Covid-19 if the current rate of shipment of vaccines and immunization is maintained. “The vaccine grab has delayed Africa and we urgently need more vaccines,” said Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa.
She added that “as new doses arrive, African countries must step up their efforts and ensure the implementation of explicit plans that allow the millions of people who still face the serious threat of the disease to be immunized without delay. Covid-19 ”.
According to the WHO, nearly 21 million doses of anti-Covid-19 vaccines arrived in Africa during the month of August through the COVAX mechanism, i.e. as many as the number of doses received by the continent on all four previous months.
“Taking into account the vaccines which should be delivered by COVAX and the African Union by the end of September, Africa could receive enough doses to reach the target of 10%,” the office said. WHO regional.