The “acute phase” of the Covid-19 pandemic will end this year, if the goal is achieved, ie to vaccinate 70% of the world's population, said today the director general of the World Health Organization.
“We estimate that the acute phase will end this year, provided, of course, that 70% of the world's population will be vaccinated by the middle of the year, around June or July,” Tantros Antanom Gebregesous, who is on an official visit, told reporters. in South Africa. “It's up to us (…) It's a matter of choice,” he added.
The Center visited the laboratories of Cape Town-based biotechnology company Afrigen. It was there that the first mRNA technology vaccine for Covid-19 in Africa was made. The vaccine, based on the genetic code of the new coronavirus, provided by Moderna, will be ready for clinical trials in November and is expected to be licensed in 2024.
Tentros expressed the belief that this vaccine would be cheaper and adapted to the conditions of the African continent. Afrigen's plan is supported by the WHO and the international Covax mechanism for equal access to vaccines.
Only 11% of Africans have been vaccinated to date. The continent will have to increase this percentage to reach the target of 70% by the end of the first half of 2022.
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