Angola, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria receive anti-Covid vaccines distributed on the Covax platform this Tuesday, an initiative that aims to ensure an equitable vaccination against the new coronavirus, announced the director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO).
The remaining three countries will be Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at an online press conference on Covax’s progress in the distribution of vaccines.
The platform started on Monday the delivery of vaccines on the African continent, with Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire being the first countries to vaccinate health professionals with doses distributed through the platform.
Present at the press conference, the President of Ghana, Nana Akudo-Addo, praised the program, saying it allows vaccines against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus to reach the poorest countries, but called on the platform to support the production of medicines on the continent “to make vaccines more accessible”.
An objective also defended by the director-general of WHO, who considered, however, that this was “a challenge to be faced”.
The Covax platform aims to deliver 90 million doses of vaccines on the African continent by the end of this month, said the WHO official and Unicef executive director Henrietta Fore.
The delivery of vaccines by Covax also made its debut in Latin America, having delivered the first doses to Colombia on Tuesday, said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
The Director-General of WHO announced on Monday that, by the end of May, 237 million doses of vaccines against covid-19 will be delivered to 142 countries.
“An additional 11 million doses will be delivered this week,” he said at an ‘online’ press conference from Geneva.
The covid-19 pandemic has already caused more than 2.5 million deaths worldwide, since the first cases were reported in China in December 2019, and more than 114.3 million infected people were diagnosed.
In the last 24 hours, Africa recorded an additional 300 deaths, reaching a total of 104,012 deaths, and 8,546 new ones infected.
According to data from the African Union’s Disease Control and Prevention Center (Africa CDC), the number of infections rose to 3,905,936 and there were 8,596 more recovered in the organization’s 55 member states in the last 24 hours, to a total of 3,484. 646.
Southern Africa remains the most affected region, with 1,838,637 infected and 56,555 killed. In this region, South Africa, the country hardest hit by the covid-19 on the continent, records 1,513,959 cases and today surpassed 50 thousand deaths (50,077).
North Africa is the second most affected area by the pandemic, with 1,164,994 infected and 33,042 fatalities.
East Africa accounts for 407,382 infections and 7,600 deaths, while in West Africa the number of infections is 390,581 and the number of deaths has now reached 5,000 (5,016).
Central Africa has 104,342 cases and 1,799 deaths.
Source site www.cmjornal.pt