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26 African Countries Receives 15 Million COVID-19 Doses Under COVAX – UN

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, on Tuesday, said 26 African countries had received 15 million COVID-19 doses under the COVAX facility as of March 21.

Guterres said this during a virtual meeting with the African Group at the UN,and that he is deeply concerned that many poor countries had not received a single dose.

In contrast, rich countries are on track to vaccinating their entire population, the UN chief said, reiterating his appeal for global vaccine equity.

COVAX is an UN-led initiative aimed at equitable global access to COVID-19 vaccines.
The organisation says more than $2 billion (N776 billion) is still needed under COVAX to fully meet its goal to vaccinate those most in need by the end of the year.

Guterres also used the meeting to reiterate his appeal for debt relief for African countries to ease the economic and social fallout of the crisis.

He equally called for more liquidity for Africa “through a new allocation of Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) and a reallocation of unused SDRs’’.

The UN chief urged international financial institutions to increase their resources in support of developing countries, particularly in Africa.

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