No African country has placed any order for Covid19 vaccines from Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna or Covax like many countries are doing in the Americas, Latin America and Europe.
Yet the continent has a growing number of confirmed Covod19 cases though recoveries are more and deaths are low compared with the rest of the world.
So far the continent has had 2.17million confirmed cases, 52,000 deaths and about 1.8million recoveries. Badly hit are countries in the Northern and Southern parts of the continent.
Southern Africa is the most affected region both in terms of the number of confirmed positive cases and deaths, followed by the Northern Africa.
South Africa, Morocco, Egypt, and Ethiopia, according to figures from the Africa Centers for Diseases Control are having growing number of cases.
South Africa currently has 790,004 COVID-19 cases, this month, and the highest number of deaths related to COVID-19, at 21,535.
Morocco comes next with 353,803 confirmed cases and 5,789 deaths, followed by Egypt with 115,911 confirmed cases and 6,650 deaths, the Africa CDC said.
In West Africa, Ghana has 52,000 active cases, 51,000 recoveries and only 328 deaths while Nigeria has 68,000 cases, 64,000 recoveries and about 1200 deaths.
The UK will become the first country in the world to administer the Pfizer and BioNtech’s vaccine which has shown 95% effectiveness against the coronovirus without any safety concerns in the coming week.
The temporary authorization for its use, which will be the vaccine’s first use outside clinical trials will be based on guidelines from the UK health authorities.
A department of Health and Social Care source said the vaccine will be available with the elderly and healthcare workers receiving it first.
Meanwhile the US is expected to receive about 23million doses of the Pfizer vaccine in its first shipment by December 15 ,subject to authorization from the US Food and Drugs Administration.
The country is also expected to receive a shipment of about 18million Moderna vaccine doses by December 22,2020, still after the US FDA approval.
Healthcare authorities in the country say they will be taking a final decision on the use of the Pfizer and the Moderna vaccines respectively on the December 15 and 21, 2020.
Costa Rica in Latin America which has a total of 143,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 last week signed an agreement with Pfizer Inc and its German partner BioNTech SE to get COVID-19 vaccines in 2021.
The pharmaceutical companies will manufacture and deliver about 3 million of the vaccines to help the Central American country, deal with Covid@9, the office of President Carlos Alvarado was quoted to have said
The statement added that with over 1,757 related deaths, the deliveries will be made throughout the four quarters of 2021, as established in an initial agreement announced on Oct. 1, the president’s office also said.
With this deal will Costa Rica will provide two doses to 1.5 million people and follows accords with AstraZeneca and the Covax mechanism backed by the World Health Organization.
3 million people, or almost 60% of the population will benefit as a result, officials say. Meanwhile essential services are open in the country and public transportation and hospitals are operating at normal capacity.
Facial shields made of either surgical or homemade, as long as they cover the nose and mouth are required in all public spaces and in all indoor settings.
Except when eating, while alone, or in a home, the use of facial shields is also mandatory at bus stops and public transportation in the country.