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.
Access the full Global Covid-19 Summit briefing here.
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His Excellency President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the virtual Global #COVID19 Summit under the theme: “Ending the Pandemic and Building Better Health Security to Prepare for the Next”. https://t.co/7Ll5NgSXQD
— Presidency | South Africa 🇿🇦 (@PresidencyZA) September 22, 2021
[PHOTOS]: His Excellency President @CyrilRamaphosa addresses the virtual Global #COVID19 Summit, at the invitation of His Excellency US President Joe Biden under the theme: “Ending the Pandemic and Building Better Health Security to Prepare for the Next”.#UNGA #AfricaResponds pic.twitter.com/OiFXUaBFdS
— Presidency | South Africa 🇿🇦 (@PresidencyZA) September 24, 2021
The World Health Organization says the vast majority of people who currently are admitted to hospital for Covid-19 treatment are unvaccinated.
Technical Lead at the WHO Health Emergencies Programme, Dr. Maria van Kerkhove again reiterated that the only way in which people can protect themselves against severe forms of the disease is to get their injection as soon as possible.
Van Kerkhove says vaccination would also suppress the possibility of new variant from developing.
Follow the full briefing here.
- WHO hopes to, by February 2022, deliver at least 30% of required doses of Covid-19 vaccines to the African continent.
- Promises to deliver at least 50% of the required doses of Covid-19 – needed to vaccinate 60% of the African population – as soon as possible.
- WHO: Majority of African countries past their third-wave peaks.
We are in a race to vaccinate 40% of people in every country by end of 2021 and 70% by mid-2022.
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) September 25, 2021
The World Health Organization says it hopes to, by February of next year, deliver at least 30% of the required doses of covid-19 vaccines to the African continent.
WHO director general, Tedros Ghebreyesus says the initial aim was to vaccinate at least 60% of the continent’s population by the end of this year.
Ghebreyesus says the big difference in vaccination rates between rich and poor countries can be bridged.
Follow the WHO’s latest Covid-19 briefing here.
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- Promises to deliver at least 50% of the required doses of covid-19 – needed to vaccinate 60% of the African population – as soon as possible.
- Discussions on introduction of vaccination passport ongoing.
- The country has moved to Adjusted Alert Level 2 of the lockdown regulations.
Honoured to host a meeting of leaders to discuss the urgent need to scale up #VaccinEquity in Africa & 🌎 where people at risk still await 1st & 2nd doses. Thanks Strive Masiyiwa, @Jnkengasong, @SongweVera, Benedict Oramah, @GaviSeth, @MoetiTshidi, @CEPIvaccines’ Richard Hatchett pic.twitter.com/LNIzHuCZ8j
— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) September 14, 2021
A large percentage of young South Africans, between the ages of 18 and 24 years of age, are the most unwilling to get vaccinated against Covid-19.
This, according to new research by Ask Afrika, which also shows that only 62% of adult South Africans say they are willing to get a Covid-19 vaccine.
Ask Afrika CEO, Andrea Rademeyer says another 11% of residents are still sitting on the fence.
Rademeyer says the country’s overall vaccine-acceptance is much lower than the average of 70% recently reported in studies conducted by the University of Johannesburg and the Human Sciences Research Council.
Access the full briefing here.
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A s of today the cumulative number of #COVID19 cases identified in SA is 2 836 773 with 7 338 new cases reported. Today 253 deaths have been reported bringing the total to 84 152 deaths. The cumulative number of recoveries now stand at 2 618 386 with a recovery rate of 92,3% pic.twitter.com/IPb802Iecw
— Department of Health (@HealthZA) September 8, 2021
— South African Government (@GovernmentZA) September 6, 2021
Health Minister Joe Phaahla says there are very few countries in the world where the genomic sequencing of Covid-19 is as up to date, as here in South Africa.
He commended the country’s scientists for their early detection of the C.1.2 variant of the virus.
Phaahla says observing new variants in the early stages helps Government better plan for future outbreaks.
Access the Minister’s full briefing here.
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A s of today the cumulative number of #COVID19 cases identified in SA is 2 819 945 with 5 931 new cases reported. Today 76 deaths have been reported bringing the total to 83 419 deaths. The cumulative number of recoveries now stand at 2 594 857 with a recovery rate of 92,0% pic.twitter.com/3qRiTTnEHK
— Department of Health (@HealthZA) September 5, 2021
Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla briefs the media on government efforts in the fight against COVID-19
— Department of Health (@HealthZA) September 3, 2021