Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa during a virtual press conference disclosed that over 25 million covid-19 vaccines have been distributed to 38 countries in Africa and 30 have started vaccination campaign.
According to Ms Moeti, Ghana was the first African country to receive covid-19 vaccines and has administered over 420,000 doses, covering over 60 per cent of the targeted population in the first phase.
“In the first nine days, it is estimated the country delivered doses to around 90 per cent of health workers,” she said according NTA.
Nigeria which received 3.94 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca in early March commenced vaccination same month with a medical doctor named Cyprian Ngong becoming the first person to receive the drug in Nigeria. And according to health authorities, over 8,000 Nigerians have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccines.
Also in Morocco, the report has it that more than 5.6 million vaccinations have taken place in the past seven weeks, and over 49,000 people in Angola.
The Regional Director also spoke on limited doses of the drug and that some countries in Africa have ran low of the vaccines, that “additional supplies are urgently required to narrow the gap between the vaccinated and the unvaccinated,” NTA quotes.
Stats Worldometers says that more than four million COVID-19 cases have now been reported on the African continent, with 43,000 new cases in the past week, and 108,000 lives lost.