Tom Frieden, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warned that Africa has received 21.1 million doses of the vaccine against covid-19, which is the same every week in the United States.
The former head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the United States of America today believes that Africa has only administered 21.1 million doses of the vaccine against covid-19, which is “surprising”, which is the same as the number of vaccines provided by the United States every week many.
He said: “It is surprising that the total number of vaccine doses administered in Africa so far is 21.1 million, which is similar to the number of vaccine doses administered in the United States, which has less than half of the population on the African continent, within one week.” Den (Tom Frieden) said.
The former directors of CDC spoke at the introduction of the new report of PERC (Evidence-Based Response Partnership to Covid-19) from 2009 to 2017.
Vital Strategies is responsible for this research initiative, and Frieden, the current president and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives, said: “From an ethical point of view, this is unacceptable. The world must immediately provide more vaccines to Africa.”
Frieden also emphasized that “at the same time,” the African continent must have the capacity to produce the necessary vaccines. He defended: “We must invest in our own production as soon as possible and invest in all available effective vaccines.”
“MRNA vaccine technology [ou RNA mensageiro] Especially impressive. It was created by the money of taxpayers in the United States and the European Union. It is a public good and must be shared,” he emphasized.
The expert added: “MRNA technology enables vaccines to mutate viruses more effectively than other vaccine methods, is not easy to delay, and can be quickly implemented in the world, including Africa.”
Richard Mihigo, World Health Organization (WHO) Immunization and Vaccine Development Project Manager, introduced some important data from the study and drew attention to the “serious problem” facing the African continent: the urgent provision of a second dose of vaccine. The vaccine, mainly from AstraZeneca, was vaccinated for the first time in March.
To date, Africa has received approximately 21.1 million doses of vaccine, while the world has received 1.31 billion doses of vaccine. Mihigo said: “The resulting gap is huge.” He said: “This means that every 100 people in Africa take 1.2 doses, while the rest of the world takes 15.6 doses per 100 people.”
“A total of 49 countries on the African continent have received some vaccines. So far, 37 million doses have been received, and we have some countries that have not yet started vaccination campaigns or have not yet received any vaccines-Tanzania, Burundi, Eritrea, Chad, Burki Nafaso and the Saharan Arab Democratic Republic,” he said.
Of the 37 million doses of vaccine received on the African continent, 21.1 million doses have been administered in 48 countries/regions-the Central African Republic has recently been vaccinated but has not yet started a vaccination campaign. Nearly 5 million people have been vaccinated with two doses of the vaccine, such as AstraZeneca or Pfizer.
A total of 43 countries/regions have received vaccines from Covax. The WHO has promoted this mechanism to promote equitable access to antiviral vaccines in the least developed countries, but the system is clearly not working.
The WHO manager said that the “first big problem” facing Africa “focused on the supply chain, especially in the case of Covax, we have seen many delays.”
He said: “We are aware that the tragic situation in India has affected the Covax pipeline.” The mechanism-suspended the export of vaccines in late March in response to a new round of pandemic in India.