The World Health Organisation (WHO) says more focus should be directed to the African continent to ensure that more than 30 per cent of the population is vaccinated by the end of this year.

It says more resources should be made available to the continent to speed up the vaccination process. WHO senior advisor to the Director-General, Dr Bruce Aylward, says, unfortunately, Africa is currently not controlling decisions on vaccine manufacturing.

He has called on companies that are in control of the vaccines to ensure that they reach the African continent so that they can boost vaccine coverage levels.

“There is absolutely no reason that should be the case, there are enough vaccines in the world. There is enough money in the world. There is absorbed capacity. How do we shift more product in the pipeline so that we can make sure that realistically we are well over 20 percent, 30 percent by the end of this year and ideally we are up to 40 percent.”