Thursday, December 2, 2021

US donates 4.8 million vaccines to 4 African countries

The United States is sending more than 4.8 million doses of coronavirus vaccine to four African countries, the White House told the Voice of America on Wednesday.

White House officials said the allocation was determined by the 55-member African Union. Landlocked Chad, one of the poorest countries in the world, will receive 115,830 doses; densely populated US ally Egypt will receive 3,634,020 doses; The oil company on the West Coast of Gabon will receive 101,790 doses, and the East Coast stronghold of Kenya will receive 990,990 doses.

All donated doses of Pfizer vaccine are due to arrive in countries by Friday or Saturday, White House officials said. This vaccine requires two shots for full immunity, and the US authorities have recommended that certain high-risk groups get boosted with this vaccine after their initial course.

The move follows an announcement earlier this week that the United States will allow the African Union to purchase 33 million doses of Moderna two vaccines that were originally intended for the United States.

“As the president said, the virus knows no boundaries, and it will require every company and every country to take bold and urgent action to stop the spread of COVID-19 and save lives,” said Natalie Quillian. Deputy White House COVID-19 Coordinator. “We are grateful to have helped negotiate this encouraging step forward between Moderna and the African Union, which will significantly expand access to vaccines across the continent in the near future. This is an important step as we continue to expand manufacturing capacity and expand access to mRNA vaccines in some of the hardest hit parts of the world. ”

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US officials have been criticized for calling for vulnerable Americans to be vaccinated at a time when vaccination rates are low in developing countries. The White House calls the revaccination controversy a false choice, arguing that the United States can help vaccinate the world while protecting Americans.

Critics say rich countries are not moving fast enough.

“At our current pace, it could take more than a decade for low-income countries to reach the vaccination target of 70%,” said Tom Hart, acting CEO of the ONE campaign against poverty. “We cannot end this pandemic anywhere if the vaccine is not everywhere. The world needs an escape plan, not just life-saving appliances thrown in the dark. “

Only one country in sub-Saharan Africa – a tiny enclave of Lesotho – is on track to reach the goal of vaccinating 40% of its population with at least one dose of vaccine before the end of this year, according to Oxford University’s COVID-19 database Our World in Data. of the year.

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