COVID-19 infections in Africa surpass 8.34 million
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa reached 8,339,857 as of Monday afternoon amid calls on rich nations to end vaccine apartheid.
The new statistics have been released by Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Africa CDC, the specialized healthcare agency of the African Union. According to Africa CDC, the death toll from the pandemic across the continent stands at 212,484.
Some 7,687,938 patients across the continent have recovered from the disease so far.
South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia and Ethiopia are among the countries with the most cases in the continent, according to the agency.
South Africa has recorded the most COVID-19 cases in Africa with 2,906,851 COVID-19 cases, while the northern African country, Morocco, reported 935,560 cases as of Tuesday noon, it was noted.
In terms of the caseload, southern Africa is the most affected region, followed by the northern and eastern parts of the continent, while central Africa is the least affected region in the continent, according to the Africa CDC. COVID-19 infections are increasing in Africa amid a continued shortage of vaccines in the continent. As of mid-September, fewer than 4% of Africans have been fully immunized and most of the 5.7 billion vaccine doses administered around the world have been given in just 10 rich countries.
African leaders at the UN General Assembly last month reiterated that “No one is safe unless we are all safe.”
The US, Britain, France, Germany and the Israeli regime are among governments that have begun administering vaccine boosters or announced plans to do so while most African’s are yet to be vaccinated.
Namibia President Hage Geingob called it “vaccine apartheid,” a notable reference given the country's own experience with apartheid when neighboring South Africa's white minority government controlled South West Africa, the name for Namibia before its independence in 1990.