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The World has Administered Over 2 Billion Covid Vaccine but Africa has Benefited the Least

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Enough Covid-19 doses have now been administered to fully vaccinate 13.8% of the global population—however,  the distribution has been lopsided. Countries and regions with the highest incomes are getting vaccinated more than 30 times faster than those with the lowest. Some African countries are yet to administer their first dose while in South Africa, the vaccination programme lags behind targets set by the health department itself. This is happening while the country is experiencing increased infection rates and increased hospitalisation rates and a third wave.

While the best vaccines are thought to be 95% effective, it takes a coordinated campaign to stop a pandemic. According to Anthony Fauci, the top infectious-disease official in the U.S.,  vaccinating 70% to 85% of the U.S. population would enable a return to normalcy. While this dream for the US is close to being realised in the next six months or less in the US, in most of Africa, it is still a far fetched dream.

On a global scale, that’s a daunting level of vaccination. At the current pace of 38.9 million a day, it would take another year to achieve a high level of global immunity. The rate, however, is steadily increasing, and new vaccines by additional manufacturers are coming to market.

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