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.

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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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