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US News WHO calls for an accelerator to vaccination in Africa

06:10  14 january  2022
06:10  14 january  2022 Source:   rfi.fr

COVID-19: fewer deaths, but mostly affects the mortality due to COVID-19 has fallen sharply since the first two epidemic waves, thanks to the progress made in the treatment of patients and the vaccination. People over 70 and non-vaccinated remain the fir

 COVID-19: fewer deaths, but mostly affects the mortality due to COVID-19 has fallen sharply since the first two epidemic waves, thanks to the progress made in the treatment of patients and the vaccination. People over 70 and non-vaccinated remain the fir If the media no longer do the daily count of the deaths due to COVID-19 , the disease continues to make victims. However, deaths are numerous than at the beginning of the pandemic. Indeed, during the first wave of COVID-19, France France has identified up to 500 deaths per day of the virus, and 400 during the second wave. During the summer of 2021, the figures of the epidemic fell down to the lowest, with about fifteen COVID dead per day.

Une membre du personnel soignant administre une dose du vaccin Janssen contre le Covid-19 au stadé Léopold-Sédar-Senghor de Dakar, le 28 juillet 2021. © AP - Leo Correa A caregiver member administers a dose of the Janssen vaccine against CVVID-19 at the Dakar Leopold-Sedar-Senghor Staded On July 28, 2021.

The World Health Organization called on Thursday governments to intensify their immunization campaigns at an online conference. Only seven African countries have achieved WHO's goal of vaccinating 40% of their populations. In the rest of the continent, only 10% of people have been completely vaccinated. The next few months will be critical.

"Africa can not afford to stay on the margins of vaccination". This is the message that the World Health Organization hammered Thursday.

Lauterbach: Other corona measures needed

 Lauterbach: Other corona measures needed waistband and countries had agreed on Friday a 2G plus scheme for restaurants, cafes and pubs. Accordingly, only vaccinated and geneses with negative Corona test as well as people with refresh vaccination have access. The quarantine for contact persons and the insulation for infected are shortened so that important infrastructures do not collapse with a rapid spread of the omikron variant.

While the Omicron variant now circulates in 30 African countries, WHO calls for vaccinating 34 million people a week, compared to six million now. The goal: to reach a vaccine coverage of 70% by June 2022.


Video: Omicron variant: "It is much more contagious, but it is not more virulent" (France 24)

A difficult bet, especially since doubts have emerged on the effectiveness of vaccines against variants. Doubts expressed in particular by a group of doctors worried in Ghana.

In a signed petition this week, they called into question the viability of vaccination campaigns that require reminder doses.

Dr Abdou Salam Gueye, Director of Emergencies at the WHO Regional Office for Africa, responded to them. "Can we continue every six months to vaccinate 7 billion people? I know it's going to be a problem and it's good that the WHO community, looks at the issue and see how we can save the maximum lives. This is a question they have the right to put on the table, and they even have the merit of putting on the table, and WHO will also give recommendations in this direction.

To combat vaccine reluctance, WHO is focused on ambassadors to promote the benefits of vaccination, like health personnel.

The organization also recalls the figures of a study published last month by the World Bank: in 6 different countries, 80% of the people surveyed declared themselves in favor of vaccination, and ready to get vaccinated

Markus Söder wants to aggravate Corona measures at the moment .
Bayern's Prime Minister Söder for "eye measures" in the protection measures: because Omikron from Delta distinguishes from Delta. © Sven Hoppe / dpa Bavaria's head of government Markus Söder ( CSU ) has pronounced prior to the Prime Minister Conference on Monday despite jumping infection numbers against harder corona measures. "It does not make sense to tighten now," said the party feet after a meeting of the CSU board on Friday in Munich .

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