Premier Alan Winde has encouraged Mother City residents to make use of the Vaxi Taxi initiative to get their Covid-19 vaccine.

The initiative uses two EMS ambulances and visits residents in their communities, allowing easier access to an injection.

Since its launch in October, the initiative has already vaccinated around 2000 Cape Town residents in the Gugulethu, Kuilsriver and Khayelitsha communities.

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The Western Cape Health Department says it will work towards increasing access to Covid-19 vaccines in poorer communities.

Head of Health, Dr Keith Cloete says current data shows that a larger percentage of residents, in more affluent areas, are fully vaccinated.

Cloete says it’s especially pensioners in the Klipfontein-, Tygerberg-, Khayelitsia and Mitchells Plain areas that have not yet had access to an injection.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) says reaching a global vaccination equity target of 40% needs a whole of government & society approach.

WHO Director General, Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus says a more aggressive approach is needed to ensure that globally, more people get immediate access to a Covid-19 vaccine.

He says like any other natural disaster the Covid-19 pandemic should also be treated with urgency.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged First World countries to do more to help address vaccine inequity.

During the Covid-19 World Summit last week, Ramaphosa urged developed countries to assist developing countries to produce their own vaccines.

He says although African countries are grateful for the millions of doses of covid-19 vaccines, donated to them, more needs to be done to immediately increase access to the vaccines.

He says sharing vaccine knowledge and technology is one of the easiest ways to address vaccine inequity.

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