Europe’s COVID vaccination drive ‘far from sufficient’ – WHO

WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti
WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti

DENMARK,SOUTH AFRICA: The World Health Organization (WHO) warned Thursday that vaccination rates in Europe were still far off what was needed to stop a virus resurgence and called on countries to maintain protective measures.

According to the organisation, 30 percent of people have received at least one dose of a COVID -19 vaccine and 17 percent have been fully vaccinated in the WHO’s European Region — which spans 53 countries and territories and includes several in Central Asia.

“Although we have come far, we have not come far enough,” Hans Kluge, the WHO’s Regional Director for Europe, told a press conference.

Meanwhile, Nearly 90 percent of African countries will miss a target of vaccinating a tenth of their population by September unless they urgently receive more than 200 million jabs, the WHO warned Thursday.

“Only seven African countries (out of 54) are likely to reach the target,” the World Health Organization’s director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, said in an online briefing. At least 225 million jabs are urgently required if the majority of the countries are to meet the deadline, she said.

Africans have received less than one percent of the over 2.1 billion doses administered globally, according to the WHO.

Just one in 50 of the continent’s nearly 1.3 billion people have received one jab, it said.

The WHO urged wealthier countries to share vaccines — a need that Moeti described as “do or die.” – NDTV

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