Most developed countries are in the advanced stages of COVID-19 vaccination rollouts, but a large number of developing countries, including most across Africa, one of which is Taiwan’s newest political ally on the continent, Somaliland, are still in the early stages, mainly due to a shortage of shots available.
African countries are trying to overcome the shortfall by using a multi-pronged approach to secure vaccines.
This includes sourcing them through:
- the COVAX facility. This is a global initiative aimed at equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines. It’s led by global health organisations including Gavi, the vaccine alliance, the World Health Organisation, and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations;
- the COVID-19 African Vaccine Acquisition Task Team, which was established by the African Union;
- bilateral agreements with the manufacturers, and
- donations from other countries.
To help keep track of the progress of COVID-19 vaccine rollouts in African countries, a map to be updated daily has been developed, showing how many people have been vaccinated, and where, across the continent.
Benjamin Kagina, Senior Research Officer, Vaccines For Africa Initiative, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town
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