WHO Director for Africa, r. Matshidiso Moeti says countries that have started administering booster-shots of the Covid-19 vaccine, are making a mockery of vaccine equity.
Moeti criticized first-world countries for, instead of donating their excess doses of vaccines to poor countries, inoculating their citizens with their third and sometimes fourth dose.
She says it is unacceptable that only 2% of Africa’s total population have been vaccinated, while young people in Europaen countries are now getting vaccinated.
- Exporting J&J vaccines from SA adds to vaccine-colonialism.
- Transparency needed on SA’s vaccine-production agreement with Johnson & Johnson.
- US donates more than 6-million doses of Pfizer-vaccine to SA.
While #COVID19 vaccine shipments seem to be taking off, Africa is encountering headwinds. Moves by some countries to introduce booster shots threaten the promise of a brighter tomorrow for Africa.
As some richer countries hoard vaccines, they make a mockery of vaccine equity. pic.twitter.com/fk4ChXFCye
— Dr Matshidiso Moeti (@MoetiTshidi) August 19, 2021
Humanity is in a collective race against the #COVID19 virus and its variants. It’s critical to use every tool at our disposal:
Waive intellectual property.
👉 https://t.co/noy8l0xOxV #VaccinEquity
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) August 23, 2021
A consortium of civil society and health organisations has called on the South African Government for more transparency on its vaccine-production agreement with Johnson & Johnson.
This, after a report in the New York Times that millions of doses of the J&J vaccine, produced in the Eastern Cape, are being exported to other parts of the World.
UN Special Rapporteur on Right to Health, Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng, says South Africa reportedly had to sign a clause preventing the country from restricting the export of vaccines.
Mofokeng says if the reports are true, this adds to the currently-experienced vaccine apartheid.
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- Getting a Covid-19 vaccine remains a voluntary decision.
- Studies show that Covid-19 vaccines – used here in SA – are effective in preventing hospitalization & death.
- The Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine protected between 91 and 96% of healthcare workers against death.
We warned for months:
Today, the @nytimes reveals what we all suspected-
J&J forced SA into a contract with unfettered export ability, prioritising global north;
Sent millions of doses to Europe when were were FACING & IN WAVE 3, while it drip fed us.#vaccineapartheid https://t.co/Iz6EHeccIM
— Fatima Hassan (@_HassanF) August 16, 2021