Out of 54 countries in the African continent, 15 were able to meet the 10% Covid-19 target. The World Health Assembly, the world’s highest health policy-making body, set the global goal of fully vaccinating 10% of each country’s population by September 30th, 2021, in May.
While 80 per cent of high-income countries have met this target, only 15 African countries have met it, accounting for roughly one-third of the continent’s 54 nations.
According to The Guardian, Dr Richard Mihigo, the Coordinator of the Immunisation and Vaccines Development Programme, reported that 23 million vaccines had arrived on the continent, a tenfold increase from June.
However, only 60 million Africans have been fully vaccinated, with only 2% of the more than six billion doses donated globally being administered in Africa.
WHO has aided 19 African nations in undertaking intra-action evaluations, which look at their immunization efforts and make suggestions for improvement. As a result, COVID-19 case numbers in Africa dropped by 35%.
Countries such as South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, Zimbabwe, and Botswana, among others, have benefited greatly as a result of their ability to meet the target. Countries with smaller populations, such as Seychelles (98,462 people as of 2020) and Comoros (869,595), were able to join this list.
They made significant efforts, knowing that tourism is their main source of revenue, in order to open their country to tourists while also ensuring that their cities are safe and healthy.
While vaccine shipments are increasing, Africa remains hampered by a lack of transparency in distribution strategies. WHO is also collaborating with African countries to share critical experiences and best practices in order to accelerate vaccination rollouts.