The World Health Organization (WHO) recently reported that coronavirus infections have declined for the first time worldwide in the past two months. The only exception is Africa. The infection rate has increased by 6 percent. Lack of adequate vaccination has also hampered the UN’s COVAX program in Africa.
The United Nations’ COVAX relies heavily on ticker supplies in most impoverished African countries. But this year, Africa will get only 150 million doses. There will be a deficit of 48 crores. And that has raised fears. The head of the WHO in Africa, Matsidiso Moeti, said.
The WHO says its program to vaccinate 40 percent of the population this year is unlikely to succeed in Africa. In all, 18 percent of the population can be vaccinated. According to Moeti, it is not possible to meet immunization targets in Africa unless rich countries move forward in this situation.
Chinese vaccine maker Sinovac Biotech has launched a final vaccine test in South Africa, Africa’s largest economy, on the effectiveness of the covid-19 vaccine on children and adolescents.
The agency said it was testing the vaccine on about 14,000 children aged six months to 18 in South Africa and Chile, Kenya, Malaysia, and the Philippines. “The risk of infection in children is relatively low,” said an expert in charge of testing. Yet, they are being attacked. ‘
Source: Dhaka Post