Over 3.5 million COVID-19 cases have been confirmed on the African continent, with more than 3 million recoveries, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Though the continent appears to be the least affected by the pandemic, compared to what is happening in Europe and other places, about 92,000 deaths have been recorded.
Thus, some countries on the continent have made a proactive move to procure vaccines to get their citizens protected against the deadly virus.
Below is the list of the African countries that have procured COVID-19 vaccines, according to BBC Pidgin:
1. South Africa
South Africa, Africa’s epicentre for the coronavirus pandemic, has reportedly received the shipment of one million AstraZeneca vaccines from the Serum Institute of India.
The first batch of the vaccination exercise will commence after the vaccine has passed through the necessary checks which will take at least two weeks.
Morocco has also purchased two million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine and 500,000 doses of China Sinopharm vaccine. The country will start the vaccination campaign this week.
Seychelles, a popular tourist destination before the pandemic struck, has reportedly started its free vaccination programme.
The country with a population of 94,000 people got a donation of 50,000 doses of Sinopharm from Abu Dhabi.
The country also said the Indian government has promised to donate 100,000 doses of the Oxford Astra-Zeneca vaccine.
Mauritius has also begun vaccinations following India’s donation of 100,000 doses of the vaccines.
Egypt has also gotten Sinopharm vaccine. The North African giant has started the vaccination exercise, beginning with health workers such as doctors and nurses.
The Egyptian government said it has reserved more dan 100 million doses from different providers.
Algeria has also launched its coronavirus vaccination campaign, according to US News.
The North African nation is using Russia’s Sputnik-V vaccine. The government had said it ordered a first batch of 500,000, adding that it is negotiating to acquire the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.
Nigeria expects 15 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine
Meanwhile, the hope that many Nigerians will soon receive the coronavirus vaccine is getting brighter by the day if the statement of Osagie Ehanire, minister of health, is to be believed.
According to him, the federal government is expecting 15 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in February.
He disclosed this during the media briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Abuja, on Monday, February 1.