G20 countries receive 15 times more COVID-19 vaccine doses per capital than sub-Sahara Africa ― Analysis -GCFRNG

G20 countries receive 15 times more COVID-19 vaccine doses per capital than sub-Sahara Africa ― Analysis -GCFRNG

A new analysis exposing the severity of vaccine inequality between high-income and low-income countries has revealed that G20 member countries have received 15 times more doses of COVID-19 vaccine per capita than countries in sub-Saharan Africa. and other lower income countries. countries.

The analysis, conducted by scientific analysis company Airfinity, also revealed that G20 member countries have received three times more doses than those administered per capita in all other countries combined.

The analysis came ahead of the G20 Leaders Summit in Rome today, when 48 UNICEF Africa ambassadors and supporters joined in and called on countries to deliver doses by December.

Comparisons of dose delivery by country from the Airfinity analysis showed that, for example, the doses of vaccine delivered per capita in the UK are 12 times higher than the doses delivered per capita in Kenya; The doses delivered per capita to Canada are 34 times higher than the doses delivered per capita to Sudan, while the doses delivered per capita to Italy are 13 times higher than the doses delivered per capita to Uganda.

Similarly, the doses of vaccine delivered per capita to Japan are 18 times higher than the doses delivered per capita to Ethiopia, while the doses delivered per capita to Germany are 16 times higher than the doses delivered per capita to Ghana and Cameroon together.

UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore, in a statement, said: “Vaccine inequity is not only holding back the poorest countries, it is holding the world back. As leaders come together to set priorities for the next phase of the COVID-19 response, it is vital that they remember that, in the COVID vaccine race, we either win together or we lose together.

“Saving lives in Africa begins with saving the lives of rescuers. Too many communities on the African continent were already dealing with stressed health systems. They cannot go into another year of this global crisis that endures so many preventable deaths and prolonged illness, ”Fore said.

According to UNICEF, rich countries with more supplies than they need have generously pledged to donate these doses to low- and middle-income countries through COVAX, but these promised doses are moving too slowly. Of the 1.3 billion additional doses that countries have pledged to donate, only 194 million doses have been provided to COVAX.

African countries, in particular, have largely been left without access to COVID-19 vaccines. Less than 5% of the African population is fully vaccinated, leaving many countries at high risk of new outbreaks.

In an open letter to the G20 Summit, 48 UNICEF Africa ambassadors and supporters from across the continent have joined, calling on leaders to deliver on their promises to deliver doses urgently, writing that “the stakes could not be higher”.

Signatories to the letter, including Angelique Kidjo, Arlo Parks, Davido, Tendai Mtawarira, Femi Kuti, Tony Elumelu, Ramla Ali, Kate Henshaw, Winnie Byanyima and others, are asking leaders to donate the vaccines promised for December, along with the necesary resources. turn vaccines into vaccines.

The letter says: “Every day Africa remains unprotected, the pressure is mounting on fragile health systems where there can be one midwife for hundreds of mothers and babies.

“As the pandemic causes an increase in child malnutrition, resources are diverted from life-saving health services and child immunization.

“Children who have already been orphaned run the risk of losing their grandparents. Disaster looms for families in sub-Saharan Africa, four out of five of whom depend on the informal sector for their daily livelihood. Poverty threatens the return of children to school, protection against violence and child marriage. “

According to the WHO, an estimated 80,000 to 180,000 healthcare workers worldwide died from COVID-19 between January 2020 and May 2021.

Fewer than 1 in 10 health workers in Africa have been fully vaccinated and more than 128,000 have been infected with the virus.

The agency also found that only one in seven COVID-19 infections is detected in Africa due to limited testing, meaning the actual number is likely much higher.

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G20 countries receive 15 times more COVID-19 vaccine doses per capital than sub-Sahara Africa ― Analysis -GCFRNG

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