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We Need At Least 2 Billion Vaccines In Africa Says Shenilla Mohamed


Brazzaville has less than 2% of the 690 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered so far in Africa, with most countries receiving the vaccine in small quantities only every five weeks.    Show Source Texts


Rich countries would be better off sending vaccines to Africa to help fight the global COVID-19 pandemic than hoarding them as "third-dose booster syringes" that are not scientifically proven, said the top health official of the African Union (AU) on Thursday.


Amnesty International South Africa says that to be delivered by the end of this year, at least two billion doses to low- and middle-income countries. Nkengasong said the third vaccination program makes it harder for Africa to meet its goal of vaccinating 60-70% of people when it needs 1.6 billion doses.    Show Source Texts


Based on current information and given that the benefits outweigh the risks, countries in Africa should continue to vaccinate the people with AstraZeneca vaccines.


Forty-five African countries have received the vaccine, and 43 of them have started vaccination, of which 13 million of the 316 million doses delivered have been administered. The Covax plants delivered 166 million doses of Astra Zeneca vaccine to African countries.    Show Source Texts


According to the international non-governmental organization Amnesty International, the world's leading vaccine producers do not prioritize the supply of vaccines in poor countries.


Since June, when 100,000 doses of Pfizer Biontech vaccine arrived in Chad, deaths from COVID-19 in Africa have soared. The pace of vaccine adoption was not uniform, with 93 doses in 10 countries.    Show Source Texts


The COVID 19 Pandemic plunged Africa's schools into a crisis and exposed how South Africa's education system continues to be marked by the legacy of apartheid, said Amnesty International today.


Shenilla Mohamed, Amnesty International South Africa executive director, said that remote learning is not for the vast majority an option. The Amnesty International South Africa report is based on extensive desk research including analysis of statistical data from institutional studies and surveys between March 2020 and February 2021.    Show Source Texts


Schools in South Africa operate under a two-tier system. Childhood education in the country depends on whether they were born into the affluent or whether they are coloured because of the colour of their skin. Thousands of schools across the country do not have running water, and more than half of all schools in some regions do.    Show Source Texts


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