Africa battles new COVID-19 wave hitting faster and harder

Africa battles new COVID-19 wave hitting faster and harder
Africa is facing a devastating resurgence of COVID-19 infections whose peak will surpass that of earlier waves as the continent’s countries struggle to vaccinate even a small percentage of the population

アフリカ is facing a devastating resurgence of COVID-19 infections whose peak will surpass that of earlier waves as the continent’s countries struggle to vaccinate even a small percentage of the population, top health officials said Thursday.

“The third wave is picking up speed, spreading faster, hitting harder,” 博士. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, 木曜日に言った

With rapidly rising case numbers and increasing reports of serious illness, the latest surge threatens to be Africa’s worst yet,” she said in a weekly briefing. “Africa can still blunt the impact of these fast-rising infections, but the window of opportunity is closing. Everyone everywhere can do their bit by taking precautions to prevent transmission.”

New cases have been rising since the beginning of May and the resurgence will surpass previous waves by early July, according to WHO Africa.

Decreased observance of public health measures, increased social interactions without masks and new variants have contributed to more cases. Moeti encouraged governments to do more to provide populations with easier access to masks and hygiene facilities.

The delta variant that has devastated India has been detected in at least 14 African countries including Congo, モザンビーク Namibia and ウガンダ

The delta variant “may have played a very significant role,” in the “very devastating” third wave of COVID-19 in at least 20 countries across Africa, the director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, John Nkengasong, 木曜日に言った.

“The third wave is extremely brutal," 彼は言った, adding that more and more health centers are saying they are overwhelmed. African countries urgently need vaccines to help battle the disease, 彼は言った.

“We are completely lagging behind, we just don’t have vaccines,” Nkengasong said.

Africa has more than 5.2 million confirmed virus cases including more than 139,000 死亡者(数, according to the Africa CDC.

批判的に, のみ 1% of the continent’s 1.3 billion people have been vaccinated, according to WHO and the CDC. グローバルに, 周り 2.7 billion vaccine doses have been administered, of which less than 1.5% have been given in the continent, according to WHO Africa.

The U.N.-backed COVAX initiative to provide vaccines to low- および中所得国, has not met its goals of equal access, said officials.

より多い 80% of COVAX vaccine supplies have been used by just 18 African countries, with eight running out of stocks.

“Our work in COVAX has been hugely challenged by the vaccine availabilities,」モエティは言った, adding that WHO is willing to consider all available vaccines and will do everything possible to ensure that the vaccines become available at the global level.

“Our objective is really to get the vaccines out there and reduce the inequity that is the situation at present," 彼女は言いました.

She criticized restrictions that may also exacerbate the inequities, arguing that Africans should not also face more travel restrictions because they are unable to access the same vaccines available elsewhere.

“Let’s not add injury to injustice," 彼女は言いました. “Vaccine shortages are already prolonging the pain of COVID-19 in Africa.”

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