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Africa CDC head: COVID still a threat given low vaccination rates

A health worker sits behind a table in the lobby of a clinic in Adukrom, Ghana April 27, 2022. Picture taken April 27, 2022. REUTERS/Cooper Inveen

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JOHANNESBURG, Sept 15 (Reuters) – The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a threat on photography equipment given low vaccination rates, the acting director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said on Thursday.

“The herpes virus continues to be circulating, sufficient reason for the reduced rates of vaccination the pandemic continues to be very much around here on the continent,” Ahmed Ogwell Ouma told a news conference.

He was giving an answer to a question about whether he agreed with comments by the top of the planet Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus that the finish of the COVID pandemic was now around the corner. read more

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The Africa CDC director said just over 22% of Africa’s population was fully vaccinated against COVID and that his agency would continue pushing to improve that number. “The degrees of protection remain relatively low,” he told reporters.

African countries struggled to secure early supplies of COVID vaccines as rich nations hoarded doses, and much more recently hesitancy and logistics problems have managed to get difficult to obtain shots into arms. read more

Ouma said the Africa CDC was concentrating on getting as many folks on the continent as you possibly can fully vaccinated, not on procuring new vaccines targeting specific variants like Omicron.

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Reporting by Alexander Winning and Anait MiridzhanianEditing by James Macharia Chege

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