At 32 million doses, Africa accounts for less than one percent of the more than 2.1 billion doses administered globally. Only 2 percent of the continent’s 1.3 billion people have received a single dose, and only 9.4 million Africans have been vaccinated.
Do or die for potions
“It does or die when you share the dose for Africa,” said Dr. Machidiso Moeti. Who is the Regional Director for Africa.
The World Health Organization reminds that 225 million doses of the vaccine are urgently needed on the continent Corona Virus Infections there increased for the third week in a row.
54 countries in Africa have registered nearly five million COVID-19 Infection numbers so far increased by about 20 per cent – to more than 88,000 – in the week ending June 6.
The third wave is looming
“As we approach five million cases and a third wave looms in Africa, many of our most vulnerable people remain seriously vulnerable to COVID-19,” Dr. Moeti warned.
“Vaccines have been shown to prevent cases and deaths, so countries that can, must urgently share COVID-19 vaccines.”
According to the latest situation update of the World Health Organization, the epidemic is “trending upwards in 10 African countries”. Four countries have seen a 30 percent increase in cases in the past seven days, compared to the previous week.
Most of the new cases occurred in Egypt, South Africa, Tunisia, Uganda and Zambia, and more than half of the cases occurred in nine southern African countries.
Vaccines are becoming “increasingly scarce,” the United Nations health organization said, adding that at the current rate of delivery, only seven African countries will meet the target of immunizing one in 10 people by September.
The development came from the World Health Organization announce On Thursday, for the first time in Europe since last August, deaths from COVID-19 fell below 10,000 in a week.
In a regular update, the United Nations health agency noted that cases, hospitalizations and deaths have decreased in the region for two consecutive months.
A total of 368,000 new cases have been reported in the past seven days, said Dr Hans Kluge, WHO’s regional director for Europe, which is one-fifth of the weekly cases reported during the last European peak in April this year.
He noted that the European region has seen 55 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1.2 million deaths, which is about a third of the number of cases globally.
offer the vaccine
Dr Kluge noted that more than 400 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the past six months, which means that 30 per cent of Europeans have received at least one dose of vaccine and 17 per cent have been fully immunized.
“The vaccination coverage is absolutely insufficient to protect the (European) region from a resurgence,” the WHO official explained. “The distance that must be traveled before coverage of at least 80 percent of the adult population is reached, is still significant.”
With 36 of the 53 countries on the continent beginning to ease restrictions this week in response to a drop in COVID-19 cases, Dr Kluge insisted the danger was not over.
He continued: People over the age of 70 were at 800 times more risk of serious illness or death from the Corona virus, and insisted that continuing to protect the elderly, people with comorbidities and frontline workers who “remain unprotected” in a number of European countries. .
“With increasing social gatherings, increasing population mobility, and major festivals and sports tournaments taking place in the coming days and weeks, WHO and Europe are calling for caution,” the WHO official added.
Dr Kluge continued that widespread transmission of the virus in the community continues, adding that the new delta variant of the coronavirus that shows increased transmissibility is “prepared for stabilization”, while many at-risk people over the age of 60 remain unprotected.
Highlighting similarities with last summer when infections surged among young people before moving on to older age groups, the WHO official urged European countries to avoid a “devastating re-emergence, lockdown and loss of life” during the warmer months.
public health measures
Dr Kluge insisted that “combining public health measures and vaccination – not this or that – is the way out of this epidemic”.
To encourage people to protect themselves and others from coronavirus, WHO – Europe and UNICEF Europe and Central Asia launched a joint campaign with some do’s and don’ts.
“If you choose to travel, do so responsibly,” said Dr. Kluge. “Be aware of the risks. Apply common sense and don’t jeopardize your hard-earned gains. Remember: wash your hands often, keep a distance, choose open settings, and wear a mask. Avoid the three Cs; ‘closed’, ‘confined’ or ‘crowded’ settings “It will put you in greater danger.”
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