WHO, partners aim to get Africa 30% of needed doses by Feb

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The World Health Organization and its partners say they hope to provide Africa with about 30% of the COVID-19 vaccines the continent needs by February, missing the 60% vaccination coverage goal that African leaders had once hoped for this year.

WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and a group of global health leaders on Tuesday issued an urgent call for vaccine equity globally and in Africa in particular. 

The leaders stressed that the worst pandemic in the last hundred years will not end unless and until, there is genuine global cooperation on vaccine supply and access.

 They also reiterated the WHO’s global vaccination target for 70% of the population of all countries to be vaccinated by mid-2022. 

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WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

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