African countries acquire close to 60M COVID-19 vaccines: Africa CDC

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A donation of vaccines against the novel coronavirus from Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinopharm arrives at the N'Djamena International Airport in Chad, June 2, 2021. (Chinese Embassy in Chad/Handout via Xinhua)
A donation of vaccines against the novel coronavirus from Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinopharm arrives at the N’Djamena International Airport in Chad, June 2, 2021. (Chinese Embassy in Chad/Handout via Xinhua)

African countries have acquired around 59.9 million COVID-19 vaccines so far, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said Thursday.

The Africa CDC, the specialized healthcare agency of the African Union, said around 0.79 percent of Africa’s population have received a full vaccine regimen.

Five countries, namely Morocco, Egypt, Nigeria, Ethiopia and South Africa have acquired and administered the most doses of COVID-19 vaccines to their respective populations.

As of Thursday, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa had reached 5,108,890, with 136,030 deaths and 4,558,435 recoveries, according to the agency.

South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, Ethiopia and Egypt are the countries with the most cases in the continent, according to the Africa CDC.

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