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Africa falls behind year-end target to fully vaccinate 40 percent of population

POSTED September 21, 2021

Africa falls behind year-end target to fully vaccinate 40 percent of population

Even with 470-million doses expected, it will not be enough to reach goal

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Despite 470-million COVID-19 vaccine doses anticipated in Africa by the end of December, the continent is falling behind in its goal to vaccinate 40 percent of its population by year-end, reports the United Nations (UN). The new shipment will only be enough to inoculate 17 percent of the population.

“Only around two percent of the nearly six-billion doses administered globally have gone to Africans,” notes the UN. An issue Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organization’s regional director for Africa, attributes to “export bans” and “vaccine hoarding.”

What’s more, there have been more than eight-million COVID-19 cases in Africa, yet less than four percent of the population has had both jabs.

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