News & Analysis: Vaccine access and delivery

WHO says 9 in 10 African countries to miss COVID-19 vaccination goal

“Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa, said the continent required an extra 225 million doses to be able to vaccinate a tenth of its people by September this year.”

via Reuters

Africa can bet on vaccine boost as Senegal hatches plan for production

“Senegal could begin producing COVID-19 vaccines next year under an agreement with Belgian biotech group Univercells aimed at boosting Africa’s drug-manufacturing ambitions, a source involved in funding the project said.”

via Sunday Times

Morocco to re-open airports to international flights on June 15

“Morocco will re-open its airports to international flights on June 15 as it continues a steady vaccination campaign in tandem with a careful lifting of measures to curb the spread of the virus. All Moroccan and foreign travelers have to submit either a proof of vaccination against coronavirus or a negative PCR test no older than 48 hours in order to be let into the country, the foreign ministry said.”

via The North Africa Post

Should Donated COVID-19 Vaccines Count as ODA?

“It is difficult to think of a more urgent global priority and it is surely a best buy in international development. But does that mean that these vaccine donations should count as official development assistance (ODA)? That’s an active debate in the halls of the Development Assistance Committee, which set the rules on what counts as ODA.”

via Center for Global Development

Risk of COVID-19 surge threatens Africa’s health facilities

“As the risk of a surge in COVID-19 cases increases, African countries must urgently boost critical care capacity to prevent health facilities from being overwhelmed. This comes as vaccine shipments to the continent grind to a near halt.”

via WHO Africa

South Africa is not reaching herd immunity. Our new goal is containment.

“South Africa was aiming to immunise 41-million people by the end of the year in order to reach herd immunity, the point at which COVID-19 was no longer spreading. But this level of community protection is hard to achieve when the goal posts keep moving with the emergence of new variants.”

via Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism

How Ethiopian Airlines provided a vaccine lifeline

“So far, Ethiopian Airlines has carried more than 27m vaccines to 24 countries. It has a 54,000 sq m freezer facility in Addis Ababa for COVID-19 vaccines that can keep the temperature at -25C, and is developing a facility to make enough ice to keep vaccines ultra-cold when needed.”

via Financial Times

What will it cost to end the pandemic?

“A new paper argues that it’s possible to end the ‘acute phase’ of the pandemic early next year by vaccinating 60% of the population of every country.”

via The Economist

South Sudan Returning 72,000 COVID Vaccine Doses

“South Sudan’s National Task Force on COVID-19 is sending back 72,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to the COVAX facility for use in other countries before the doses expire. South Sudan received 132,000 doses in late March from COVAX, a global coalition that works to ensure fair and equitable access of coronavirus vaccines worldwide.”

via VOA News

Central African Republic launches COVID-19 vaccination in Bangui

“The Central African Republic, one of the last countries in the world to receive COVID-19 vaccines, has finally launched its immunization campaign on Thursday. The CAR received 60,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines thanks the COVAX initiative.”

via Africa News