A survey conducted by the Africa CDC and other partners has shown that a predominant majority of respondents in Africa approve of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Africa CDC Director, Dr. John Nkengasong, revealed that more than 116,000 new cases of coronavirus and 2,387 deaths were reported over the past weeks across the continent.
He said this during CDC’s weekly Covid-19 briefing on Thursday and stated that the numbers represent a 17% increase in cases and 8.7% increase in deaths.
From August to December, more than 15,000 adults across 15 African countries – Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Malawi, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, SA, Sudan, Tunisia, and Uganda – were surveyed about their willingness to take a Covid-19 vaccine.
Nearly 80% of adults surveyed in 15 African countries said they would take a Covid-19 vaccine if it were safe and effective, scientists reported on Thursday as new infections and deaths rose steeply across the continent.
Older adults, those who knew someone with Covid-19 and those who live in rural areas were more likely to accept a vaccine than younger people in urban areas, who did not know people affected by the virus.
Prof Heidi Larson, Study co-Lead and Director of The Vaccine Confidence Project at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, joined him to share the results of the Covid-19 vaccine survey.
Five African countries reporting most new cases in the past week (7-13 December), SA had the most at 46,399, followed by Morocco (19,952), Tunisia (7,429), Uganda (4,566), and Libya (4,260).
Most new cases per million population per day reported were: Botswana (135),South Africa (114), Libya (92),Tunisia (90), Namibia (80),Morocco (78).
New cases reported in Africa over the past month to December 13 have increased on average by 6%, with the highest average increase in Southern Africa at 35%.
Central and West Africa saw increases of 28% and 27% respectively, while East Africa was under 1% and North Africa had a 9% drop in new cases on average.
Only the DRC had a higher average increase than SA, at 45% compared to 37% over the past month. The DRC also reported an average increase of 109% for new deaths, followed by Nigeria at 38% and South Africa at 28%, over the past month.