2 Years of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the African Continent Still Experiences Discrimination Regarding Vaccines

Suara.com – Two years since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the African continent is still experiencing discrimination regarding vaccine distribution. If this continues, the repercussions for next year could be severe.

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation published a report on the opportunities for the African continent to escape the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the report, the COVID-19 pandemic can be contained as long as 70 percent of the population is vaccinated by the end of 2022.

The discovery of the Omicron variant in southern Africa has raised claims that low inoculation rates could encourage coronavirus mutations, which could then spread to countries where inoculation rates are much higher.

However, only 5 out of 54 African countries are on track to reach the World Health Organization (WHO) target of fully vaccinating 40 percent of the population by the end of 2021, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation said in a report on COVID-19 in Africa.

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Illustration of Covid-19 Vaccine (getty image)

The Mo Ibarahim Foundation was founded by the Sudanese telecommunications billionaire to promote better governance and economic development in Africa.

According to data from the foundation, only 1 in 15 Africans has been fully vaccinated, and that is a very low vaccination rate compared to the full vaccination rate of nearly 70 percent of the population in the G7 rich group of countries.

“Since the beginning of this crisis, our foundation and other African voices have warned that unvaccinated Africa could be the perfect incubator for different variants of the virus,” the foundation’s chairman, Mo Ibrahim, said in a statement.

“The emergence of Omicron reminds us that COVID-19 remains a global threat, and worldwide vaccination is the only way forward,” he said.

“But we continue to live with extreme vaccine discrimination, and Africa in particular has been left behind,” Ibrahim continued.

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Vaccine supplies are limited in Africa after developed countries get supplies from initial orders to pharmaceutical companies and the global vaccine sharing program, COVAX, got off to a slow start.

Source: Suara.com – Berita Kesehatan Terkini by www.suara.com.

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