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Africa CDC says it cannot predict when second COVID-19 shots will arrive

April 15, 2021, 6:18:11 PM

Africa CDC says it cannot predict when second COVID-19 shots will arrive

The majority of vaccines available in African countries have been delivered through the World Health Organization sponsored COVAX facility.


The continent's top public health official said on Thursday that many Africans who received their first Covid-19 vaccine did not know they would make a second shot, as deliveries were delayed.


"We cannot predict when the second doses will arrive, and this is not good for our vaccination schedule," John Nkengasong, head of the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), told reporters on Thursday.


Africa lags behind most other regions in covid-19 vaccines, with less than 14 million doses having reportedly been administered in the continent.


Ghana, for example, received about 742,000 doses out of the 815,000 shots it has received so far and will be out of vaccines by the end of next week.


"Even if Ghana has money, they won't know where to go to get the vaccine, it's a challenge," said Nkengasong.


So far, the majority of vaccines available in African countries have been delivered through the World Health Organization-sponsored COVAX facility.


COVAX aims to deliver 600 million shots to 40 African countries this year, enough to vaccinate 20% of their population.


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