Africa Needs $1.29B to Ramp Up COVID-19 Vaccination: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) said Africa needs at least $1.29 billion to ramp up its vaccination rollout to fight COVID-19, noting that only 11 percent of the continent’s 1.2 billion people have been fully inoculated.

The UN health organization said in a statement on Thursday that the continent’s vaccination rate needs to increase six times to meet its 70 percent target this year.

While the continent has received 96 million doses in January, doubled from six months ago, rollouts of the vaccine have been slow, WHO said. Currently, 6 million Africans are being inoculated weekly, which needs to be increased to 36 million weekly to reach the continent’s target.

“A dependable pipeline must go hand in hand with operational funding to move doses out of depots and into people’s arms,” Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO’s regional director for Africa, said in the statement.

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