African countries acquire more than 37 million COVID-19 vaccines

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FILE PHOTO: Technicians show empty containers used for the transport of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine after the vaccines were put into refrigerated storage units at the central vaccine depot in Kitengela town on the outskirts of Nairobi, in Kenya Thursday, March 4, 2021.
FILE PHOTO: Technicians show empty containers used for the transport of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine after the vaccines were put into refrigerated storage units at the central vaccine depot in Kitengela town on the outskirts of Nairobi, in Kenya Thursday, March 4, 2021.

African countries have acquired a total of over 37.1 million COVID-19 vaccines so far, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) disclosed on Thursday.

The Africa CDC, the specialized healthcare agency of the 55-member African Union, said 17.9 million COVID-19 doses have been administered, out of the over 37.1 million acquired by member states.

This figure corresponds to a coverage of just one percent, at the continental level with 0.37 of the population having received a full vaccine regimen, according to the Africa CDC.

The Africa CDC further said five member states have administered the most doses of COVID-19 vaccines to their respective populations.

The north African country of Morocco comes first administering 8.9 million COVID-19 vaccines, with 11.4 percent of the country’s population fully vaccinated.

The West African country of Nigeria comes second administering 1.2 million COVID-19 vaccines, with 0.57 percent of the population fully vaccinated.

Ethiopia is in third place administering 908,578 COVID-19 vaccines, with 0.79 percent of the population fully vaccinated.

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