Covid Live Updates: Africa May Not Meet Vaccination Goal, W.H.O. Says

Covid Live Updates: Africa May Not Meet Vaccination Goal, W.H.O. Says

Without a big boost, many African nations may not meet a vaccination goal. Health care workers waiting to receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in Johannesburg in March. Only seven African nations, most of them small, are expected to meet the World Health Organization’s goal that every country worldwide vaccinate 10 percent of its people against the coronavirus by September. It is a dire prospect for a continent where vaccine supplies are being quickly depleted, and governments are battling a resurgence in infections. The W.H.O. said on Thursday that inoculation coverage remained at about 2 percent continentwide — and about 1 percent in sub-Saharan Africa — even as some rich nations across the world have administered shots to a majority of their people. To achieve the 10 percent target for every country on the continent, Africa would need an extra 225 million doses, said Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, the W.H.O. regional director for Africa. In total, nine out of 10 African nations will miss out on this global vaccination goal, the agency estimated. The seven countries likely to meet the goal …
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