The World Health Organization (WHO) says it is concerned about the sudden increase in Covid-19 infections in sub-Saharan African countries.
The organization warns that many sub-Saharan African countries will see a significant increase in infections as people start spending more time indoors due to the colder winter temperatures.
Director at the WHO Regional Office for Africa, Doctor Matshidiso Moeti says 11 African countries, including South Africa, Namibia and Zambia have reported an increase in infections over the last 2 weeks.
Moeti has urged first-world countries to release as many doses of their excess Covid-19 vaccines to help Southern African countries stave off a third wave of infections.
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As supplies dry up, dose-sharing is an urgent, critical & short-term solution to ensuring that Africans at the greatest risk of #COVID19 get the much-needed protection.#Africa needs vaccines now. Any pause in our vaccination campaigns will lead to lost lives and lost hope. pic.twitter.com/M12IcOuldZ
— Dr Matshidiso Moeti (@MoetiTshidi) May 27, 2021
LIVE: WHOAFRO press briefing on #COVID19 in #Africa. Speakers include:
▪️ Dr @MoetiTshidi, WHOAFRO Regional Director
▪️ Hon. Semano Henry Sekatle, Lesotho Minister of Health
▪️ H.E. Stéphanie Seydoux, French Ambassador for Global Health https://t.co/EuW68kdrAQ
— WHO African Region (@WHOAFRO) May 27, 2021