COVID-19 Vaccine Use in Africa Up 15 Percent in February

Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO’s regional director for Africa, said in a statement that the continent’s increase in COVID-19 vaccinations was largely driven by campaigns in several populous countries, including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya and Nigeria.

Dr. Thierno Balde is the WHO Africa Regional COVID-19 Incident Manager. He said the continent must remain vigilant.

“We have observed what is happening around, in China, and the risk of new imitations, new variants is still possible. We must continue to keep the population vaccinated, and not be careless. The situation can still change. So we must continue to adapt some of the restrictions. social and also vaccinated.”

WHO says it will encourage acceptance of the COVID-19 vaccine in Africa. WHO and several other organizations are supporting a mass vaccination movement in at least 10 priority countries to reach the target of 100 million people by the end of next month.

Nqobizitha Mangaliso Ndlovu, Zimbabwe’s information minister, said his country would not be left behind.

“Regarding the vaccination program, as of March 15, 2022 as many as 159,628 third doses have been administered to date. The national vaccination campaign started on March 21, 2022, and the government urges those who have not been vaccinated to take advantage of this activity.”

A number of Zimbabweans have refused to be vaccinated. They said they did not believe in vaccines made in China, Sinopharm and Sinovac, most of which were donations.

The country recently recorded the addition of new infections. There are now more than 244,000 cases with more than 5,400 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University, which tracks the global outbreak.

Dr. Cleophas Chimbetete, president of the Association of Public Health Physicians in Zimbabwe, said the increase in cases was due to an easing of restrictions, such as the abolition of the law. lockdown. But he said people don’t need to panic, they just need to enforce WHO protocols, such as wearing masks and maintaining social distance.

“After easing restrictions, cases are expected to rise a bit. But I think it’s still too early to draw conclusions, I think this will be an opportunity for us to strengthen prevention efforts and continue to warn the public that COVID-19 is still all around us.”

Zimbabwe wants to vaccinate at least 10 million people by the end of last year, a target that some say is difficult to achieve due to lack of resources and many people who are reluctant to get vaccinated. The country has not announced when it plans to achieve herd immunity. [vm/lt]