The WHO Regional Office in Africa, in a statement released on Thursday said that 54 nations (nearly 80 per cent) are set to miss the target with the current pace of vaccine deliveries and vaccinations.
Nine African countries, including South Africa, Morocco, and Tunisia, have already reached the global target set in May by the World Health Assembly, the world’s highest health policy-setting body.
Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa said almost 21 million COVID-19 vaccines arrived in Africa via the COVAX Facility in August, an amount equal to the previous four months combined.
Added that many African countries have sped up COVID-19 vaccinations as vaccine shipments ramped up in August, 26 countries have used less than half of their COVID-19 vaccines.
More than 143 million doses have been received in Africa in total, but only 39 million people – around just 3 per cent of Africa’s population – are fully vaccinate.