According to WHO on Thursday, Africa will be needing an estimate of 470 million doses to reach successfully vaccinating about 40% of the population before the conclusion of 2021.
The international initiative meant to see to the smooth flow of vaccine distribution across the globe, COVAX, reported that it has been made to cut deliveries of vaccines to only 150 million doses for Africa this year.
However, the expectation of 470 million vaccines would at least help the continent achieve about 40% target reach.
According to Matshidiso Moeti, Regional Director for WHO in Africa bans on the exportation to African regions and the hoarding of vaccines are impeding the distribution of vaccines to Africa.
Furthermore, she stated that so far richer countries have had a firmer grip on COVAX which is currently making Africa miss chances at attaining a set vaccination goal; equalizing the distribution of vaccines between Africa and richer countries might not be happening any time soon.
She implored that countries, where vaccines are being manufactured, could also play a part by seeing to it that those susceptible to more exposure to the pandemic had great access to vaccines also.
COVAX is also requesting that countries, where these vaccines are being made, are open about how they slate supplying so that it does not appear like COVAX itself is holding out on delivery.
According to reports, only 2% of 6 billion doses distributed globally has reached Africa, with the EU having vaccinated more than 60% of their population while some richer countries have even gone further to administering 48 doses per individual.
This has likely chances of making Africa the breeding ground for infections that could be resistant to the vaccines if this is not closely seen to, and according to Moeti, could mean the world returning to ‘square one’.