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WHO calls for a 7-fold increase in monthly shipments of the Corona vaccine to Africa

 Today, Thursday, the World Health Organization called for a seven-fold increase in monthly deliveries of coronavirus vaccines to Africa, up to 150 million doses.

The WHO Regional Office for Africa said - in a statement it reported on its website - "Covid-19 vaccine shipments to Africa must rise more than seven times from about 20 million per month to 150 million per month on average if the continent is to vaccinate 70 % of its entire population by September 2022.

The organization noted that the Kovacs alliance was forced to reduce planned deliveries to the continent by 25% in 2021 due to lack of supplies worldwide, as well as export bans.

She noted that Kovacs shipments are still arriving in African countries - 4 million doses were delivered last week. However, only a third of the vaccines that rich countries pledged to share with Africa have been received by the end of 2021.

Earlier this month, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that more than 90% of the African population had not received even the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

It is noteworthy that, the World Health Organization announced that new cases of Corona virus continue to decline, as 3.6 million infections were reported globally last week, down from 4 million infections the previous week, according to The Economic Times.

In its latest update, the World Health Organization said that there was a significant decrease in cases in two regions: a 22% decrease in the Middle East, and a 16% decrease in Southeast Asia, noting that the number of deaths was just under 60,000 people last week, a decrease of 7%.

She said that while Southeast Asia reported a 30% decrease in Corona deaths, the Western Pacific region recorded an increase of 7%, noting that most of the new cases of Corona virus were recorded in the United States, India, Britain, Turkey and the Philippines.

The World Health Organization had called on world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly to focus on equality in vaccines and pandemic preparedness and put the sustainable development goals back on track. Equitable access to coronavirus vaccines and other life-saving tools, ensuring the world is better prepared to respond to future pandemics, and renewing efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

The organization said that the Corona pandemic has already claimed the lives of nearly 5 million people around the world, explaining that vaccines are the most important tool to end the epidemic and save lives and livelihoods, and more than 5.7 billion doses of vaccine have been given globally, but 73% of all vaccines have been given. Doses in 10 countries only.

High-income countries gave 61 times more doses per capita than low-income countries, and the longer vaccine inequality persists, the more the virus will spread and evolve, and the longer social and economic disruption will last.

The World Health Organization's goals are to vaccinate at least 40% of each country's population by the end of this year, and 70% by the middle of next year. These goals can be achieved if countries and manufacturers make a real commitment to vaccine equity.