It is an “urgent and vital need” to increase vaccine supply to Africa as the delta variant begins to take hold, Mr Blair wrote in the foreword to a new report, released on Tuesday. .
However, other prominent figures have said the short-term focus must shift away from vaccines to address the acute emergency unfolding in many African countries.
Vaccines could help prevent a new wave of infections, but it is too late to stop the “Indian scenario” already sweeping Africa, according to Dr Ayoade Alakija, co-chair of the Alliance for the Delivery of Vaccines in Africa. African Union. Instead, countries need oxygen, treatment, testing and field hospitals, she said.
Nations including South Africa and Uganda have already sounded the alarm bells over rising infections and overwhelmed hospitals, and on Friday Dr Matshidiso Moeti, World Health Organization director for Africa, said the continent was facing its worst pandemic week yet.
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