Of the 448m vaccine administrated globally, Africa got only 2%: WHO

Of the 448m vaccine administrated globally, Africa got only 2%: WHO

COVID-19-related news, and inequities in the world's healthcare systems have been laid bare, with the pandemic having brought them into sharp focus. 

Dr Matshidiso Moeti

The World Health Organisation's Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti says of the 448 million vaccines that have been administered globally, Africa has received only 2%of the doses. 

She was speaking during World Health Day yesterday. Moeti says COVID-19 vaccine distribution isn't the only health inequality. 

"Recent data from 17 African countries show for example, that a person with secondary school education is three times more likely to have access to contraception than someone who has not attended school."

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"Those in the highest economic quintile are five times more likely to deliver their babies in health facilities and have their babies vaccinated compared to the poorer groups," she adds. 

She's commended South Africa's efforts to provide access to quality healthcare to all citizens. 

"The presidential health compact of 2019 is a commendable step for the South African government towards partnering towards fostering a partnership orientated approach to health reforms as well as joint accountability for health systems strengthening and universal health coverage in the country." 

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