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A syringe shortage threatens the Africa Covid vaccine campaign as the continent struggles to vaccinate people against the virus.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) predicts an “imminent shortage” of up to 2.2 billion single-use syringes for vaccination against Covid.

“Limited access to essentials such as syringes can slow the deployment of Covid-19 vaccines in Africa,” WHO Africa said, referring to UNICEF’s dire prediction.

“Covid-19 vaccines will begin to flow into Africa early next year, but a shortage of syringes could paralyze progress,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa. .

“Drastic measures must be taken to increase syringe production, quickly. “

Unless there is a significant acceleration, only five African countries, or less than 10 percent, will reach the target of 40 percent of populations vaccinated by the end of the year, the WHO said.

These countries – Seychelles, Mauritius, Morocco, which have already achieved this goal, as well as Tunisia and Cape Verde – together represent only 51 million of the continent’s 1.2 billion inhabitants.

WHO African Region
(@WHOAFRO)

Limited access to essentials such as syringes can slow the deployment of # COVID-19[FEMALE[FEMININE vaccines in #Africa. @UNICEF reported an imminent shortage of up to 2.2 billion AD syringes for COVID-19 vaccination and routine immunization in 2022. pic.twitter.com/UEg6ex5lLd

28 October 2021



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