The British government is planning to distribute 3 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to eleven African countries in the coming days.
The DRC Ministry of Health received 51,000 doses of AstraZeneca’s Vaxjeveria vaccine as promised by the British government on 13 August. According to the promoters of this initiative, these doses will be used exclusively to ensure a second injection.
Senegal, for its part, still receives about 140,000 doses from the United Kingdom. Jeune Afrique was confirmed that the dose had reached its destination on August 15, 2021.
In both cases, these deliveries took place within the framework of the Kovax device, which was responsible for delivering the dose. Managed by several international organizations including WHO and UNICEF, COVAX is the preferred intermediary for vaccine donations to developing countries.
The first doses of COVID vaccines were delivered in Ghana in February 2021 and shipments have been added since then. For the year 2021-2022, Kovax has announced the delivery of over 640 million doses to low-income countries.
The United States, which provides 75% of its vaccine donations through the Covax initiative, is the first contributor to have pledged 290 million doses of anti-COVID vaccines. For example, the Biden administration gave Nigeria four million doses.
This is the first batch of 80 million vaccines donated through Covax
The UK comes in second with 80 million doses. The 200,000 doses provided by London to the DRC and Senegal are part of a larger commitment. Indeed, according to British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab, the country will send three million doses to eleven African countries, including Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda, in the coming days. “This is the first batch of 80 million vaccines donated through Kovax”, detailed Dominic Raab.
The countries of the European Union, acting in concert, have promised 200 million doses for their part, including 54 million brought by France.
Now the priority is to move from promises to fulfill them. If Senegal has received a little less than 800,000 doses from the United States, France and the United Kingdom since the start of the year, there are still 2 million missing to reach the set target of vaccinating 20% of people by the end of 2021. However, according to the American Johns Hopkins University, only 2% of Senegal’s population is now fully vaccinated.
The continent is lagging behind in the distribution of vaccines against COVID-19. As an example, only 1.3% of Ghana’s population is fully vaccinated, while Cameroon has barely 0.2%. The first African country in the ranking is Morocco, which has a vaccination rate of over 30%.
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