The World Health Organization says no less 180,000 health workers may have died as a result of covid 19 complications.
To salvage this trend, WHO Chief, Tedros Gbebreyesus insists that healthcare workers must be prioritized for vaccination.
Gbebreyesus who disclosed that the deaths occurred between January and May this year, further criticized the unfair distribution of vaccines especially in African countries.
“Data from 119 countries suggest that on average, two in five healthcare workers globally are fully vaccinated,” Tedros said.
“But of course, that average masks huge differences across regions and economic groupings.”
Fewer than one in 10 healthcare workers were fully vaccinated in Africa, he said, compared with eight in 10 in high-income countries.
Less than 5% of Africa’s population have been vaccinated, compared with 40% on most other continents.
The vast majority of Covid vaccines overall have been used in high-income or upper-middle-income countries. Africa accounts for just 2.6% of doses administered globally.