The World Health Organisation says the African region is dealing with the double burden of COVID-19 and Ebola.
Speaking during the virtual media briefing on Ebola outbreaks and COVID-19 in Africa on Thursday, the WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, said the agency was working on the rollout of vaccines to control both diseases in African countries.
According to Moeti, a delivery of 11,000 Ebola vaccines arrived in Guinea on Monday and 225 high-risk contacts and frontline health workers have been vaccinated.
She said, “The African Region is dealing with a dual risk and burden of Ebola and COVID-19. Today, we will look at the rollout of vaccines to control both of these diseases in African countries.
“AstraZeneca vaccines arrived in Ghana yesterday [Wednesday] and are scheduled to arrive in Cote d’Ivoire tomorrow [Friday], followed by 24 other countries in the region that have completed the pre-shipment requirements.
“This is a much-awaited leap forward for African countries that have spent months preparing from the sidelines while wealthy countries race ahead with vaccination,” Moeti noted.
She, however, added that countries must come together to end the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It cannot be stressed enough: no country is safe until all countries are safe. To end the pandemic, all countries must move forward together.
“A delivery of 11,000 Ebola vaccines arrived in Guinea on Monday and 24 hours later, a vaccination team was in N’Zerekore, starting the rollout.
“So far, 225 high-risk contacts and frontline health workers have been vaccinated,” she said.
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