At last Africa’s vaccine famine is ending. Now we must play catch-up
International donors failed the continent by not supplying promised doses, but millions will start arriving this month
International donors have failed to deliver millions of Covid-19 vaccines to Africa this year as promised, according to Strive Masiyiwa, AU special envoy, outlining the vaccine supply pipeline at the weekly Africa CDC coronavirus briefing on Thursday.
But the good news is the continent’s wait for a predictable supply is over. Thursday marked the start of monthly shipments of vaccines acquired by the AU/African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT) to member states.
By August, Africa had received only about 10% of the Covid-19 doses pledged by donors, said Masiyiwa. “This is where the crisis is for us ... We were supposed to have received 320-million doses by now and we didn’t get them.”..