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Africa needs 20m AstraZeneca doses in six weeks – WHO

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AFRICA needs at least 20 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine within six weeks if those who have had their first shot are to get the second in time.

  World Health Organisation (WHO),’s Regional Director for Africa Dr Matshidiso Moeti, stated this yesterday in a media forum.

According to him, this underlined the importance of respecting the recommended interval of eight to 12 weeks between doses to ensure a recipient’s prolonged 81-per cent protection rate.

  “Africa needs vaccines now.Any pause in our vaccination campaigns will lead to loss lives and lost hope. “In addition to this urgent need, another 200 million doses of any WHO Emergency Use Listed COVID-19 vaccine are needed so that the continent can vaccinate 10% of its population by September 2021,” he said.

  It will be recalled that as of May 26, Africa had registered more than 4.7 million cases of coronavirus with nearly 130,000 deaths attributed to the virus.

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