Africa Needs 20 Million Astra Shots by July for Second Doses

BELGRADE, SERBIA - MARCH 20: This picture shows a vial of the Oxford-AstraZeneca anti-Covid-19 vaccine (India's Covishield) on March 20, 2021 in Belgrade, Serbia. Turn out for vaccination appointments was low on this day, however, Serbia has now vaccinated almost 15% of the county's 6.9 million inhabitants, coming in second after Britain in the world's quickest vaccine rollout. Serbs have the choice of five different vaccines and inoculations are free of charge. (Photo by Vladimir Zivojinovic/Getty Images) Photographer: Vladimir Zivojinovic/Getty Images Europe
By Bloomberg
27 May 2021 0

(Bloomberg) --African nations will need 20 million AstraZeneca Plc coronavirus vaccines by mid-July to complete the immunization of people who’ve had the first dose of the shots, the World Health Organization said.

By Katarina Hoije and Leah Wilson
May 27, 2021, 12:44 PM
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A further 200 million doses are needed for the continent to vaccinate 10% of its population by September, WHO Regional Director for Africa Matshidiso Moeti said in an online briefing on Thursday.

“Any pause in our vaccination campaigns will lead to lost lives and hope,” Moeti said. “We’re calling for countries to share the vaccines they don’t use to share those as an urgent, critical and short-term solution.”

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