Africa aims to vaccinate 60% of population against COVID-19 in 2-3 years – cgtn.com

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A vaccine volunteer receives an injection at the Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital in Soweto, Johannesburg Wednesday, June 24, 2020. Africa’s first participation in a COVID-19 vaccine trial has begun as volunteers received injections developed at the University of Oxford in Britain. /AP
A vaccine volunteer receives an injection at the Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital in Soweto, Johannesburg on June 24, 2020. /AP

Africa aims to have 60% of the continent’s population vaccinated against the coronavirus within the next two to three years, Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said on Thursday.

“We hope that for this to be meaningful, our 60% must be reached in the next two to three years. We should be deliberate in this,” said John Nkengasong, director of Africa CDC, adding that, “If the delay takes us to four to five years then the virus will be endemic in our communities.”

Nkengasong said that there were logistical problems to overcome in Africa, including how to keep vaccines cold.

“We have a window from now to January and February to keep strengthening our systems, which is the refrigeration,” said Nkengasong.

2.2 million out of Africa’s 1.3 billion people have been infected by COVID-19, according to a Reuters tally.

Some European countries expect to start rolling out vaccination campaigns in the next few weeks, but the control group said that vaccinations were unlikely to start in Africa until midway through next year.

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