The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says less than five percent of the African population has been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.
According to the agency, a new survey revealed that the G20 nations have received 15 times more COVID-19 vaccine doses per capital than countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
The G20, which is an international forum for global economic cooperation with member countries, is scheduled to hold its summit from October 30 to October 31 in Rome.
UNICEF executive director, Henrietta Fore, however urged the G20 leaders to facilitate improved efforts on vaccine distribution.
“Vaccine inequity is not just holding the poorest countries back – it is holding the world back,” she said.
“As leaders meet to set priorities for the next phase of the COVID-19 response, it is vital they remember that, in the COVID vaccine race, we either win together, or we lose together.”
“Wealthy countries with more supplies than they need have generously pledged to donate these doses too low- and middle-income countries via COVAX but these promised doses are moving too slowly. Of the 1.3 billion additional doses countries have pledged to donate, only 194 million doses have been provided to COVAX.”
“African countries in particular have largely been left without access to COVID-19 vaccines. Less than 5 per cent of the African population is fully vaccinated, leaving many countries at high risk of further outbreaks.”