Africa’s COVID-19 Third Wave Stabilises As Vaccine Levels Rise-WHO

A third wave of COVID-19 infections in Africa has stabilized and the continent’s slow vaccination drive has picked up pace, World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday, Reuters can report.

WHO’s regional director, Matshidiso Moeti, said some 248,000 new cases were reported last week, declining from 282,000 in mid-July, while the number of vaccinations tripled to 13 millionthe.

Africa, with a population of 1.3 billion, has experienced a third wave of coronavirus infections since May this year.

COVAX – the donor scheme co-led by the WHO to purchase coronavirus vaccines for poorer countries – initially hoped to vaccinate 20% of people in Africa before the ending of 2021, but it has been plagued by delays.

WHO is now hoping to vaccinate 10% of Africans by the end of September, Moeti revealed.

“117 million doses are due to arrive in the coming month and up to 34 million additional doses will be needed to reach that target,” she said.

“117 million doses are due to arrive in the coming month and up to 34 million additional doses will be needed to reach that target,” she said.