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WHO Calls for 20 Million COVID Vaccine Doses for Africa.

The World Health Organization is asking for 20 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine for African countries, to administer second doses to those who have received their first shot.

After three weeks of declining rates of COVID-19 infections in Africa, the World Health Organization is reporting an increase in cases.

It says its latest figures of more than 4.7 million cases, including 128,000 deaths indicate a 17 percent rise over the previous week.

WHO regional Director for Africa Matshidiso Moeti says she is concerned, but that it is too soon to tell whether Africa is on the cusp of a third wave.

“While it is too soon to say if Africa is seeing a resurgence, however, we are seeing increases in a number of countries, we are monitoring the situation very closely. And we see that we are balancing on a knife’s edge,” she said.

Moeti says South Africa accounts for nearly one-third of the 65,000 new cases reported by WHO.

She fears new variants of the virus circulating in South Africa may be spreading into neighboring countries.

So far, 28 million COVID-19 doses of different vaccines have been administered in Africa, a continent of 1.4 billion people.

Moeti says Africa needs at least 20 million second doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine by mid-July to give everyone who has received the first dose full immunity. #s63

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