The African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (ACDCP), affiliated with the African Union (AU) confirmed that the rate of immunization of the African population with the Corona vaccine increased to 4.96%, and the percentage of those who received a single dose was 7.4%.
ACDCP indicated, in a statement issued yesterday, Tuesday, that the total number of new infections with the Coronavirus reached 8,5 million along with 217,5 deaths.
ACDCP recommended that member states should continue to strengthen operations to monitor the attitudes of the infections with other diseases such as influenza and acute respiratory infections, in addition, to monitoring rapid deaths.
It is noteworthy that the ACDCP supports all African countries to improve surveillance, emergency response, and prevention of infectious diseases, including addressing the spread of epidemics and natural and human disasters.
On Monday, the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned of the possibility of the continued emergence of new mutated strains of the Coronavirus as a result of the unfair distribution of anti-vaccines among the countries of the world.
Guterres tweeted that the inequality in the distribution of vaccines allows the strains of COVID-19 to evolve to become more dangerous.
The UN chief stressed that a sustainable reduction in the number of cases in any country can only be achieved through a coordinated and equitable approach to vaccine distribution.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recorded nearly 240 million infections with the coronavirus globally, including more than 4.8 million deaths from deadly virus infection.
On the other hand, Guterres added that for the first time in two decades, extreme poverty is increasing, noting that last year about 120 million people fell into poverty, as the COVID-19 pandemic devastated the global economy and societies.
He stressed that the unbalanced economic recovery deepens disparities between the North and the South.