The World Health Organization is planning to deliver 600 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines to Africa by the end of the year, a senior official said during a WHO news conference on Thursday.
The delivery will be arranged via the COVAX scheme, and the initial 30 million doses are expected to arrive by March, WHO’s Africa director Dr. Matshidiso Moeti said.
By the end of the year, the scheme is expected to cover about 20% of the population in African countries, based on two doses per person, she said.
“Health workers and vulnerable people in Africa need urgent access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines," she said. “It is deeply unjust that the most vulnerable Africans are forced to wait for vaccines while lower-risk groups in rich countries are made safe.”
Moeti added that healthcare workers and other high priority groups will be prioritized in the vaccination drive.