Africa CDC: Only 1.4% of Africans have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19

A nurse prepares to administer the COVID-19 vaccine at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) in Lusaka, Zambia, on April 14, 2021. (Xinhua/Martin Mbangweta)

African countries have only acquired about 82.7 million doses of 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 during its weekly briefing that around 1.39 percent of Africa’s total population have received a full vaccine regimen, with 61.3 million doses having been administered.

Africa CDC data also showed that more than 57 million COVID-19 tests have been conducted by African countries so far. Tests conducted during the past week reached 1,590,300, registering a six percent increase from the previous week.

According to the agency, the overall positivity rate in the continent was 11.1 percent.

As of Thursday, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa had reached 6,335,702, with 160,648 deaths and 5,528,467 recoveries, according to the agency.

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

The North African country Morocco has so far administered 21.3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, accounting for 26.39 percent of the country’s total population.