February 3, 2023

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Why has COVID spared Africa?

In the video above, John Campbell, Ph.D., a retired nursing instructor, compares the contradictions between World Health Organization guidance on the need for COVID vaccinations in Africa and the actual situation on the ground.

On December 12, 2022, the WHO still required all countries to roll out the COVID vaccination to at least 70% of their population.1 The original deadline for reaching this 70% threshold was mid-2022, but not until June 2022 58 out of 194 Member States had achieved this goal.2

According to the WHO, vaccine supplies, technical support and financial support were lacking in the early days of the injection campaign, but these obstacles have now been removed. As a result, all countries are now in a position to reach the global target of 70%.

The “overarching challenge” right now is getting the vaccines delivered, actually “getting shots in the arms.”3 To address this, the WHO suggests combining COVID-19 injection services “with other vaccination services and alongside other health and social interventions ” to integrate. This, they say, will maximize impact and “build long-term capacity.”