October 1 (WNN) — According to the Wold Health Organization, fifteen African countries have vaccinated 10% of their population. This was a target set in May by the World Health Assembly, the WHO’s decision-making body.
The WHO said that about 90% of first world countries have met the target.
A total of 60 million Africans have been vaccinated, representing only 2% of the more than 6 billion vaccines given globally.
The Seychelles and Mauritius were pioneers in a third of Africa, having fully vaccinated more than 60% of their population. Morocco has reached a 48% vaccination rate, while Tunisia, Comoros and Cape Verde have vaccinated more than 20% of their people.
In South Africa, President Cyril Ramaphosa has stepped up vaccination efforts. He is leading the Wooma Vaccination Weekend to urge residents to get vaccinated. More than 17 million people have been vaccinated in South Africa and 8.6 million people have been fully vaccinated.
“We know that going to the vaccination site on weekdays can be difficult for many people, especially those who work, have to travel long distances, or have family responsibilities. People may not be able to get the vaccine during the week they should take it. On occasion,” Ramaphosa told IOL News.
In addition to receiving the Covax-19 vaccine, many countries were able to secure vaccination. Twenty-three million vaccines reached Africa in September alone.