In the countries of Africa, the queues are getting longer every day in front of the medical centers. Passed between the drops last spring, the continent is this time hit hard by the second wave of the pandemic of coronavirus.
According to World Health Organization (WHO), the death rate would now exceed that of the international average.
“Africa has more than 3.3 million cases and 81,000 deaths “, indicated the WHO Africa director, Matshidiso Moeti, at an online press conference. “There is undoubtedly a certain weariness of the population to restrictive measures and also the effect of the holiday season: displacements and regroupings did not help anything.”
Faced with this skyrocketing coronavirus cases, all African countries are now waiting for a rapid and massive delivery of vaccines.
The price of the vaccine multiplied by 2.5
“Thirty million doses are expected by March. These doses will initially be intended for healthcare workers. They are then distributed to the most vulnerable people.”, according to Matshidiso Moeti.
The WHO COVAX program aims to provide 600 million doses to the African continent by the end of the year. But at what cost ? South Africa, behind on vaccine research and development, could pay its doses two and a half times more expensive than European countries.