The Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) Director John Nkengasong on Thursday stated he envisages most African countries will begin receiving COVID-19 vaccines by the second half of 2021.
“2020 was a tough year, but we believe through collaborative efforts and global solidarity, we can turn the corner on the disease in the African continent in 2021 by availing access to COVID-19 vaccines,” Nkengasong stated at a digital press convention.
“African states should be actively prepared to vaccinate a large number of people speedily and reach all corners of the continent when they eventually receive the COVID-19 vaccines,” he stated.
The Africa CDC director known as on African countries and the general public to proceed implementing anti-COVID-19 precautionary measures.
“We appeal at the continent level for the need to exercise discipline, cooperation and political leadership to keep COVID-19 at bay,” Nkengasong stated.
Nkengasong additionally appealed to the worldwide neighborhood to assist the continent, which is grappling with a second wave of the pandemic, to receive COVID-19 vaccines in a well timed method.
Noting that Africa recorded 154,000 new COVID-19 circumstances and three,500 deaths in the final one week, Nkengasong urged continued vigilance towards the unfold of the illness throughout the continent.
As of Thursday afternoon, the African continent registered 2,727,345 COVID-19 circumstances, with the loss of life toll reaching 64,760. (ANI/Xinhua)