African countries acquire 65M COVID-19 vaccines: Africa CDC

NAIROBI, KENYA - 2021/03/09: A healthcare worker displays a box containing the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at Mutuini Hospital in Nairobi. Kenya on March 3, 2021 received its first batch of 1.02 million doses of Oxford/AstraZeneca through global COVAX scheme as part of the 24 million doses the country is expected to import in a couple of months. The vaccine which is currently being distributed to various stations across the country will first be administered to healthcare workers, teachers and people whose immunity is compromised. (Photo by Dennis Sigwe/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
FILE PHOTO: A healthcare worker displays a box containing the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at Mutuini Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya. (Photo by Dennis Sigwe/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

African countries have acquired around 65 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 1.07 percent of Africa’s population have received a full vaccine regimen so far.

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

As of Thursday afternoon, the number of COVID-19 cases in Africa has reached 5,509,362.

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

South Africa has recorded the highest COVID-19 cases in Africa, at 1,973,972, while the northern African country Morocco reported 531,361 cases as of Thursday afternoon.