The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will send 220 million doses of a new type of corona virus (Covid-19) vaccine to African Union member countries.
According to the statement made by UNICEF, an agreement was signed with the Belgian company Janssen Pharmaceutica NV to deliver 220 million doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine to the continent by the end of 2022.
The agreement, which foresees the delivery of 35 million doses of vaccine by the end of this year, allows the supply of 180 million doses of vaccine if there is demand.
ACCESS TO VACCINE IS NOT EQUAL AND FAIR
UNICEF President Henrietta Fore, in her statement after the agreement, stated that access to vaccines is not equal and fair in the world and that they continue their support for providing vaccine access to the continent.
WHO Africa Director Dr. Matshidiso Moeti stated yesterday that the continent broke a new record by breaking the peak of the second wave last week, and the number of cases increased by 251 thousand compared to the previous week.
While the number of cases in Africa exceeded 5 million 800 thousand, the number of people who lost their lives exceeded 149 thousand. The total amount of vaccine administered exceeded 54 million doses.