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About 27% of African health workers fully vaccinated against COVID-19: WHO

November 26, 2021

BRAZZAVILLE — Only some 27 percent of health workers in Africa have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, leaving the bulk of the workforce on the frontlines against the pandemic unprotected, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Thursday.

"The majority of Africa's health workers are still missing out on vaccines and remain dangerously exposed to severe COVID-19 infection," said Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa.

Africa's shortage of health workers is acute and profound, as 16 countries in the region have less than one health worker per 1,000 population, said the WHO Regional office for Africa.

To date, more than 227 million vaccine doses have been administered in Africa. In 39 countries which provided data, about 3.9 million doses have been given to health workers.

"With a new surge in cases looming over Africa following the end-of-year festive season, countries must urgently speed up the rollout of vaccines to health care workers," said Moeti.

As of Thursday afternoon, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa had reached 8,614,525, with 222,254 deaths and 8,060,459 recoveries, according to the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. — Agencies


November 26, 2021
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