COVID-19 is more likely to survive and mutate in areas where transmission is high and vaccination access is limited. In such conditions, the new Omicron version appeared.
Every day, contributions to WHO provide vaccinations and other measures to help reduce the spread of the virus and prevent the emergence of new variants.
Ethiopia, for example, has just launched a massive vaccination programme, and Iran has received a significant vaccine cargo destined for Afghan refugees.
Cabo Verde, however, has met the worldwide vaccination target for 2021, joining a group of African countries that have vaccinated 40% of their inhabitants by the year’s end.
In addition, generous donations have provided Belize with new electronics to help coordinate its vaccination programme, Zambia with a new supply of quality-assured face masks, and Antigua and Barbuda with a new cargo of vaccines.
Ethiopians aged 12 and up are being vaccinated against COVID-19.
On November 16, the nation initiated a big vaccine deployment including 6.2 million vaccine doses and 28,000 vaccine administrators. UNICEF, AMREF, the Resolve to Save Lives project, Save the Children, PATH, USAID, Alive & Thrive, Clinton Health Access Initiative, and Johns Hopkins University are all supporting the effort.
Vaccine shipments for Afghan refugees have arrived in Tehran. The 1.6 million doses were donated as part of COVAX’s Humanitarian Buffer, a programme that provides vaccines to countries in humanitarian situations. More vaccination supplies are expected as a result of the significant number of refugees.
Cabo Verde has also achieved the WHO’s vaccination target for the year (more than a month early). The country of 556,000 people has joined four other African countries in achieving the aim of vaccinating 40% of its population by the end of the year: Seychelles, Mauritius, Morocco, and Tunisia.
PAHO/WHO Belize has donated IT equipment to improve COVID-19 data gathering and emergency health response in Belize. Belize now has the technology it needs to run its vaccination programme efficiently, thanks to laptops, tablets, printers, and wireless routers.
A total of 924 000 surgical masks have been donated to Zambia. The Federal Republic of Germany’s Ministry of Health has donated surgical and medical masks in kind to more than 100 countries in recent months. Face masks are an important tool in the fight against COVID-19 transmission and thereby help save lives.
Antigua and Barbuda has received a new consignment of vaccines. The country welcomed a cargo of 19,200 doses delivered via COVAX in mid-November, provided by Spain with help from Canada. The current cargo raises the total number of COVAX doses sent to the country to 60,000. The population of Antigua and Barbuda is estimated to be at 98,000 people.