African countries acquire over 39M COVID-19 vaccines


African countries have acquired over 39 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 24 million COVID-19 doses have been administered, out of the over 39 million acquired by member states.

This figure corresponds to a coverage rate of 1.48 percent at the continental level, with 0.42 percent of the population having received a full vaccine regimen, according to the Africa CDC.

According to the Africa CDC, African countries have used close to 64.16 percent of the vaccine supply available.

It said five member states that are Morocco, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Egypt and Kenya have administered the most doses of COVID-19 vaccines to their respective populations.

The north African country of Morocco comes first administering 10.67 million COVID-19 vaccines, with 12.2 percent of the country’s population fully vaccinated.

As of Thursday evening, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa has reached 4,721,048 as the death toll from the pandemic stands at 127,374 while 4,272,518 patients across the continent have recovered from the disease, according to the agency.