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Africa CDC expects COVID-19 vaccine for Q2 2021


In Africa, vaccinations against COVID-19 may not start until the second quarter of next year, the continent’s chief public health official said on Thursday, adding that it would be “extremely dangerous” for more developed parts of the world to get immunized and then restrict travel by requiring proof of vaccination.

“I’ve seen Africa get neglected when drugs are available” in the past, said the director of the continent’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), John Nkengasong.

And he warned that “it is clear that the second wave (of infections) is here, on the continent” of 1.3 billion inhabitants. Africa surpassed 2 million confirmed infections last week.

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Africa’s CDC is “very very encouraged” by the promising news of clinical trial results for a handful of COVID-19 vaccines, although the cold storage that some need for shipment will be a major challenge in the region. Nkengasong pointed out. The official cited that logistical deployment in his prediction of when vaccinations will begin.

The CDC has been discussing vaccination options with Russia and China, among others, while trying not to fall behind in the race for doses. According to Nkengasong, the mainland will need about 1.5 billion doses, assuming two per person will have to be put in, to achieve the 60% coverage needed for group immunity.

“What we do not want for the continent is for COVID to become an endemic disease,” he added.

In a hopeful breakthrough, authorities have begun distributing 2.7 million antigen tests throughout the region, something Nkengasong said could be a game changer by allowing faster and easier tests.

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To date, some 21 million virus detection tests have been carried out in the 54 countries of the continent.

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