Vaccines to reach Africa amid syringe shortage
A shortage of syringes threatens the Covid vaccination campaign in Africa as the continent struggles to vaccinate people against the virus.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) foresees an “imminent shortfall” of up to 2.2 billion single-use syringes for vaccination against Covid.
“Limited access to crucial commodities like syringes may slow the launch of Covid-19 vaccines in Africa,” WHO Africa said, referring to UNICEF’s dire prediction.
“Early next year, Covid-19 vaccines will start arriving in Africa, but a shortage of syringes could stall progress,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa.
“Drastic measures must be taken to boost syringe production, quickly.”
Unless there is a significant acceleration, only five African countries, or below 10 percent, will reach the target of 40 percent of vaccinated populations by the end of the year, the WHO said.
These countries (Seychelles, Mauritius, Morocco, which have already achieved this goal, as well as Tunisia and Cape Verde) together represent only 51 million of the continent’s 1.2 billion inhabitants.
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Here is a summary of what might have been missed.
- A shortage of syringes threatens Africa’s Vaccination campaign against Covid. As vaccines reach the continent, a shortage of syringes could “stall progress,” the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. UNICEF, the United Nations children’s fund, predicts a “looming shortfall” of up to 2.2 billion single-use syringes used for needle sticks.
- New Zealand registers another 125 cases of Covid, bringing the country’s Delta outbreak to more than 3,000.
- the United States economy It grew at its slowest pace in more than a year in the third quarter, as a resurgence in Covid cases further stretched global supply chains, leading to shortages and a decline in consumer spending, Reuters reports.
- Russia sets more Covid restrictions amid record deaths and vaccine doubts. Recent rampant outbreaks in countries have been driven by low vaccination rates.
- Brittany has reported 39,842 new Covid cases, government data showed on Thursday. Another 165 people were reported to have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid, meaning the seven-day total was up 16.2% from the previous week.
- More than 100 million Indians have not turned up for their second dose of coronavirus vaccine, official data showed, raising concerns about a resurgence of the disease despite a relatively low infection rate.
- Only five African Countries will meet the goal of fully vaccinating 40% of their populations against Covid unless the rate of inoculations increases. World Health Organization (WHO) said Thursday.
- Singapore reported 3,432 new Covid cases on Thursday, a day after recording its largest single-day increase in cases that the city-state health ministry described as an “unusual increase.”
- Pfizer and BioNTech have announced that they hope to deliver 50 million more doses of their Covid vaccine to the USA at the end of April.
- Airlines question the possibility of transferring unvaccinated passengers to Australia.
- England configured to remove final countries from Covid’s travel ‘red list’. Vaccines from at least 12 more countries are also expected to be recognized in a significant opening of borders.
- Row of face masks in Japan over the cost of 80 m left in storage unused. Wearing masks may be nearly ubiquitous in Japan, but the government has come under fire after it was revealed that more than 80 million face coverings it acquired at the start of the coronavirus pandemic are still in stock, at enormous cost to taxpayers. .
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism