COVID-19 vaccination in Africa

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COVID-19 vaccination in Africa
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COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Africa
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Share of people who received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine in the world

COVID-19 vaccination programs have begun in many countries and territories in Africa. As of 5 July 2021, vaccination campaigns had started in 51 African countries with 36.5 million people receiving at least one dose.[1]

On 15 July 2021, WHO Africa's coordinator for immunization and vaccines development reported that African nations had destroyed some 450,000 vaccine doses due to their expiry dates. He cited Malawi, South Sudan, Liberia, Mauritania, Gambia, Sierra Leone,[2] Guinea, Comoros and the Democratic Republic of Congo as examples.[3]

Graph of total doses administered in Africa

Background

Approvals

Oxford-AstraZeneca / Covishield

  • Full approval: —
  • Emergency use: WHO (15 February 2021), Africa Regulatory Taskforce (25 February 2021), Angola (March 2021), Benin (March 2021), Botswana (February 2021), Burkina Faso (May 2021), Cameroon (April 2021), Cape Verde (March 2021), Central African Republic (May 2021), Côte d'Ivoire (February 2021), DRC (April 2021), Djibouti (22 February 2021), Egypt (30 January 2021), Eswatini (March 2021), Ethiopia (March 2021), Gambia (March 2021), Ghana (March 2021), Guinea-Bissau (March 2021), Kenya (May 2021), Lesotho (March 2021), Liberia, Libya (March 2021), Malawi (February 2021), Mali (January 2021), Mauritius (January 2021), Morocco (6 January 2021), Namibia (March 2021), Niger (March 2021), Nigeria (18 February 2021), Rwanda (March 2021), São Tomé and Principe, Senegal (March 2021), Seychelles (January 2021), Sierra Leone (March 2021), Somalia (March 2021), South Africa (1 February 2021; suspended 7 February 2021), South Sudan (April 2021), Sudan (March 2021), Togo (March 2021), Tunisia (7 May 2021), Uganda (March 2021), Zambia (March 2021).[4]

Pfizer-BioNTech

  • Full approval: —
  • Emergency use: WHO (31 December 2020), Botswana (April 2021), Cape Verde (March 2021), Côte d'Ivoire (January 2021), Kenya (2 August 2021), Libya (March 2021), Malawi, Nigeria (30 April 2021), Rwanda (March 2021), Seychelles (27 July 2021), South Africa (11 March 2021), Tunisia (13 January 2021), Zambia.[4]

Moderna

  • Full approval: —
  • Emergency use: WHO (30 April 2021), Botswana (April 2021), Cape Verde (March 2021), Kenya (19 August 2021), Libya (March 2021), Malawi, Nigeria (15 July 2021).[4]

Johnson & Johnson / Janssen

  • Full approval: —
  • Emergency use: WHO (30 April 2021), Africa Regulatory Taskforce (10 March 2021), Botswana (April 2021), Cameroon (April 2021), Cape Verde (March 2021), Egypt (August 2021), Ghana (August 2021), Libya (March 2021), Malawi, Nigeria (17 May 2021), South Africa (31 March 2021), Tanzania (July 2021), Tunisia (8 April 2021), Zambia, Zimbabwe (28 July 2021).[4]

Sinopharm BBIPV-CorV / Vero Cell / Hayat-Vax

  • Full approval: Seychelles.
  • Emergency use: WHO (7 May 2021), Angola (March 2021), Cameroon (April 2021), Cape Verde (March 2021), Chad, Comoros (May 2021), Egypt (3 January 2021), Gabon (March 2021), Gambia (17 June 2021), Malawi, Mauritania (March 2021), Mauritius (March 2021), Morocco (22 January 2021), Mozambique (March 2021), Namibia (March 2021), Niger (April 2021), Nigeria (24 August 2021), Republic of the Congo (March 2021), Senegal (March 2021), Sierra Leone (March 2021), Somalia (April 2021), Tunisia (12 July 2021), Zambia, Zimbabwe (10 March 2021).[4]

Sputnik V / Sputnik Light / Gamaleya / Gam-Covid-Vac

  • Full approval: —
  • Emergency use: Algeria (10 January 2021), Angola (3 March 2021), Cameroon (19 March 2021), Djibouti (3 March 2021), Egypt (24 February 2021), Gabon (17 February 2021), Ghana (20 February 2021), Guinea (December 2020), Kenya (10 March 2021), Libya (April 2021), Mali (30 March 2021), Mauritius (22 March 2021), Morocco (10 March 2021), Namibia (11 March 2021), Nigeria (15 July 2021), Republic of the Congo (3 March 2021), Seychelles (19 March 2021), Tunisia (30 January 2021), Zimbabwe (9 March 2021).[4]

Sinovac / CoronaVac

  • Full approval: —
  • Emergency use: WHO (1 June 2021), Benin (March 2021), Botswana (April 2021), Egypt (26 April 2021), Libya (March 2021), Malawi, South Africa (3 July 2021), Tanzania (July 2021), Tunisia (5 March 2021), Zimbabwe (9 March 2021).[4]

Covaxin

  • Full approval: —
  • Emergency use: Botswana (April 2021), Mauritius (21 March 2021), Zimbabwe (4 March 2021).[4]
Map of countries by approval status
  Approved for general use, mass vaccination underway
  EUA (or equivalent) granted, mass vaccination underway
  EUA granted, limited vaccination
  Approved for general use, mass vaccination planned
  EUA granted, mass vaccination planned
  EUA pending
  Vaccination Not Planned

Manufacturing

Johnson & Johnson

In a manufacturing deal, Johnson and Johnson’s plan to manufacture 220 million doses vaccine at The Aspen Pharmacare manufacturing facility in Gqeberha, Eastern Cape. They plan to distribute the vaccine to other African countries with 30 million to go to South Africa.[5][6][7]

Pfizer-BioNTech

Starting in 2022, the Biovac Institute in Cape Town will manufacture 100 million doses annually of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine exclusively for African countries.[8]

Sputnik V

Algeria's pharmaceutical minister Lotfi Benbahmad announced that an agreement had been reached to produce Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine at Saidal's manufacturing plant in Constantine.[9]

Statistics

Location Vaccinated[b] % of pop.[c]
  Africa[d] 40,737,071 3.0%
 Algeria 75,000 0.2%
 Angola 958,373 2.9%
 Benin 43,377 0.4%
 Botswana 194,676 8.3%
 Burkina Faso 34,749 0.2%
 Cameroon 269,339 1.0%
 Cape Verde 135,281 24.3%
 Central African Republic 85,381 1.8%
 Chad 21,581 0.1%
 Comoros 84,740 9.7%
 Congo 163,742 3.0%
 Ivory Coast 906,089 3.4%
 DR Congo 78,871 0.1%
 Djibouti[e] 26,796 --
 Egypt 3,627,345 3.5%
 Equatorial Guinea 174,001 12.4%
 Eswatini 38,326 3.3%
 Ethiopia 2,155,657 1.9%
 Gabon 52,830 2.4%
 Gambia 31,254 1.3%
 Ghana 865,422 2.8%
 Guinea 502,677 3.8%
 Guinea-Bissau 24,000 1.2%
 Kenya 1,044,638 1.9%
 Lesotho 36,637 1.7%
 Liberia 86,288 1.7%
 Libya 480,116 7.0%
 Madagascar 197,001 0.7%
 Malawi 385,242 2.0%
 Mali 145,016 0.7%
 Mauritania 176,294 3.8%
 Mauritius 613,134 48.2%
 Morocco 11,728,171 31.8%
 Mozambique 372,085 1.2%
 Namibia 135,700 5.3%
 Niger 363,018 1.5%
 Nigeria 2,534,205 1.2%
 Rwanda 423,182 3.3%
 São Tomé and Príncipe 32,115 14.7%
 Senegal 625,510 3.7%
 Seychelles 72,882 74.1%
 Sierra Leone[e] 225,380 --
 Somalia 162,655 1.0%
 South Africa 9,099,396 22.86%
 South Sudan 52,226 0.5%
 Sudan 627,833 1.4%
 Togo 304,278 3.7%
 Tunisia 1,595,058 13.5%
 Uganda 1,110,867 2.4%
 Zambia 256,059 1.4%
 Zimbabwe 1,352,514 9.1%

Sources

Notes

  1. ^ Latest available data as of this date. Individual country reporting frequency varies. Also, the source used to update this table does not have data for all countries. As of 13 June 2021, the following countries were missing from the source: Burundi, Eritrea, Gabon, and Tanzania.
  2. ^ Number of unique individuals who have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine (unless noted otherwise).
  3. ^ Includes those who are partially vaccinated with a single dose. May include vaccination of non-citizen workers, which can push totals beyond 100% of the local population.
  4. ^ Some countries are not yet reporting first-dose counts. Total dose counts for these countries are not included in the total for Africa.
  5. ^ a b This country's data reflects total doses administered, not the first shot only.

Vaccination by territory

Algeria

On 29 January 2021, Algeria launched its coronavirus vaccination campaign, a day after receiving its first shipment of 50,000 doses of the Russia's Sputnik V vaccine. As of 6 June 2021, Algeria reported administering 2.5 million doses of the vaccine.[11][12] Algeria is currently vaccinating its population with both Sputnik V and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines.[13][14]

Angola

On 4 March 2021, Angola began their vaccination program after receiving 624,000 doses of the two-dose Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine through the COVAX initiative.[15][16] As of 15 June 2021, Angola has administered 1,314,375 doses of vaccines.[17][18] 822,109 people with the first dose and 492,266 people fully vaccinated.[19][20]

Benin

Benin launched its coronavirus vaccination campaign on 29 March 2021, initially with 144,000 doses of the Covishield (AstraZeneca) vaccine.[21] As of 8 June 2021, Benin has administered 26,624 doses, 21,834 people with one dose and 4,790 people fully vaccinated. The country has also began administering Sinovac vaccine doses.[22][23] Moreover, Benin received 302,400 doses of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine on 27 July 2021.[24]

Botswana

Botswana began its vaccination program on 26 March 2021, initially using the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.[25] As of 7 June 2021, Botswana has administered 150,019 doses.[23][26]

Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso began its vaccination program on 2 June 2021, initially after received 115,200 doses of the Oxford–AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on 30 May 2021 through COVAX,[27] As of 14 June 2021, 17,775 doses have been administered.[28] followed by 302,400 doses of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine donated by the United States.

Burundi

Covid-19 vaccination has not begun in Burundi as of July 2021.[29][30]

Cameroon

Cameroon began its vaccination program on 12 April 2021, initially using the 200,000 doses of Sinopharm's BBIBP-CorV vaccine donated by China.[31] On 17 April 2021, it received 391,200 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca/Covishield vaccine through COVAX.[32] As of 14 June 2021, 89,180 doses have been administered, 72,111 people with one dose and 17,069 people fully vaccinated.[33] On 21 July 2021, Cameroon received 303,050 doses of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine donated by the United States.[34]

Cape Verde

Cape Verde began its vaccination program on 19 March 2021, shortly after they received 24,000 doses of the Oxford–AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.[35] As of 15 June 2021, 47,943 doses had been administered, 45,013 people with one dose and 2,930 people fully vaccinated.[33]

Central African Republic

The Central African Republic began its vaccination program on 20 May 2021, initially using the 60,000 doses of the Covishield vaccine delivered through the COVAX facility and 80,000 doses of the same vaccine which the Democratic Republic of Congo had been unable to use before the expiry date.[36][37] As of 15 June 2021, 42,644 doses have been administered, 41,095 people with one dose and 1,549 people fully vaccinated.[33]

Chad

Chad began its vaccination program on 4 June 2021, initially after receiving 200,000 doses of the BBIBP-CorV vaccine donated by China.[38] As of 10 June 2021, 5,324 doses have been administered.[33]

Comoros

Comoros began its vaccination program on 10 April 2021, initially using the 100,000 doses of Sinopharm's BBIBP-CorV vaccines donated by China and 12,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca/Covishield vaccine obtained through COVAX.[39][40] As of 8 June 2021, 84,360 doses have been administered, 43,140 people with one dose and 41,220 people fully vaccinated.[41] On 26 June 2021, Comoros purchased 200,000 additional doses of the Sinopharm vaccine, followed five days later by 100,000 doses donated by China.[42]

Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Democratic Republic of the Congo began its vaccination program on 19 April 2021, using 1.7 million doses of the Covishield vaccine supplied through COVAX. In the first week of the campaign, after administering only 1700 doses, health officials announced that 1.3 million doses would be returned for redistribution to other countries (495,000 to Angola, 350,000 to Ghana, 250,000 to Madagascar, 140,000 to Togo and 80,000 to the Central African Republic).[43]

Republic of the Congo

The Republic of the Congo began its vaccination program on the 19 April 2021, using the 300,000 doses of Sinopharm's BBIBP-CorV vaccine donated by China and 12,000 doses of Sputnik V.[28][44] By the end of April 2021, 26,830 doses had been administered and 9,187 persons were fully vaccinated. By the end of May, 52,053 doses had been administered and 26,971 persons were fully vaccinated. By the end of June, 82,351 doses had been administered and 45,895 persons were fully vaccinated. By the end of July, 136,309 doses had been administered and 75,739 persons were fully vaccinated. By the end of August, 175,211 doses had been administered and 96,270 persons were fully vaccinated. By the end of September 2021, 221,985 doses had been administered and 107,873 persons were fully vaccinated.

Côte d'Ivoire

Côte d'Ivoire began its vaccination program on 1 March 2021, using 504,000 doses of AstraZeneca's Covishield vaccine provided through COVAX and 50,000 doses donated by India. On 30 May 2021, Côte d'Ivoire borrowed 100,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from Niger, on the understanding that Côte d'Ivoire will return 100,000 doses at a later date.[45] The country received 100,620 doses of the Pfizer–BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on 16 June; 100,000 doses of the BBIBP-CorV vaccine donated by China on 26 June; and 97,200 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from Mali on 28 June 2021.[46] By the end of July 2021, more than a million doses had been administered.[47] Some 1.5 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, donated by the United States, arrived on 20 August,[48] followed by 108,000 doses of the Janssen vaccine on 2 September, 816,000 doses of the BBIBP-CorV vaccine on 17 September through COVAX, and 108,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine on 24 September 2021 donated by France. On 3 October 2021, the country received 282,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine donated by Germany, followed two days later by 129,600 doses of the Janssen vaccine. On 13 October 2021, it received 124,800 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine donated by Italy.

In the first three months of the campaign more than half a million persons received their first inoculation. In the first six months 1.4 million doses had been administered.

Djibouti

Djibouti began its vaccination program on 15 March 2021, initially with 24,000 doses of AstraZeneca's Covishield vaccine provided through COVAX.[49]

Egypt

Egypt began its vaccination program on 24 January 2021. Egypt received 50,000 doses of Sinopharm vaccine on 10 December 2020, followed by 50,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine on 31 January 2021.[50][51] In February, March and May 2021, Egypt received 1.1 million doses of the Sinopharm vaccine and 2.55 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.[28][52]

Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea began its vaccination program on 15 February 2021, initially with 100,000 doses of Sinopharm's BBIBP-CorV vaccine donated by China.[28][53][54]

Eritrea

Covid-19 vaccination has not begun in Eritrea as of July 2021.[55]

Eswatini

Eswatini began its vaccination program on 19 February 2021, initially with 32,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca/Covishield vaccine. In early May 2021, it was reported that Eswatini had administered all of the doses it had so far received.[25]

Ethiopia

Ethiopia began its vaccination program on 13 March 2021, initially with 2.2 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine obtained through COVAX on 7 March 2021.[56] Two months later 1.3 million persons had been inoculated, rising to 2 million by 28 June,[57][58] 2.2 million by the end of July, 2.5 million by the end of August, and 2.9 million by the end of August 2021.

Gabon

Gabon began its vaccination program on 23 March 2021, initially with 100,000 doses of BBIBP-CorV.[28][59] By the end of May 2021, 22,524 doses had been administered; 56,758 by the end of June; 100,240 by the end of July; 127,757 by the end of August; 180,320 by the end of September 2021.

Gambia

Gambia began its vaccination program on 12 March 2021.[28] 21,259 doses had been administered by the end of April; 29,148 by the end of May; 40,810 by the end of June; 189,196 by the end of August; 207,195 by the end of September 2021.

Ghana

Ghana began its vaccination program on 1 March 2021 using the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine provided through COVAX.[60] In early May 2021, it was reported that Ghana had administered all of the doses it had so far received.[25][61]

Guinea

Guinea began its vaccination program in March 2021, initially with donated doses of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine from Russia.[28][62][63]

Guinea-Bissau

Guinea-Bissau began its vaccination program on 2 April 2021.[28][64]

Kenya

Kenya began its vaccination program on 5 March 2021, shortly after they received a little over 1 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine through the COVAX vaccine distribution program.[25][65][66] On 31 July 2021, Kenya took delivery of 410,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine donated by the United Kingdom.[67] On 23 August 2021, Kenya received a donation of 880,460 doses of the Moderna COVID‑19 vaccine from the United States.[68]

By the end of May 2021, 969,489 vaccine doses had been administered, rising to 2.8 million doses by the end of August 2021.

Lesotho

Lesotho began its vaccination program on 10 March 2021.[28][69]

Liberia

Liberia began its vaccination program on 1 April 2021, initially with 96,000 doses of AstraZeneca's Covishield vaccine provided through the COVAX pillar.[70] On 25 July 2021, Liberia took delivery of 302,400 doses of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine donated by the United States.[71]

Libya

Libya began its vaccination program on 11 April 2021, initially with 57,600 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, 200,000 doses of Sputnik V Light, and 150,000 doses of CoronaVac donated by Turkey.[72] By the end of May 2021, Libya had received 575,200 doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca, Sputnik V, and CoronaVac. In June it received 54,990 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 50,000 doses of Sputnik V, taking the total number of doses received to 680,190.[73]

By the end of April 2021, 61,212 vaccine doses had been administered. In early May, it was reported that Libya had administered all of the doses it had so far received.[25] By the end of May, 212,421 doses had been administered; 379,404 by the end of June; 546,745 by the end of July; 1,031,060 by the end of August; 1,586,055 by the end of September 2021.

Madagascar

Madagascar began its vaccination program on 10 May 2021, initially using 250,000 doses of the Oxford–AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine through COVAX.[74]

Malawi

Malawi began its vaccination program on 11 March 2021.[75]

134,289 doses were administered in March and 161,828 in April. 19,610 doses were incinerated in May due to their expiry date.[28][76]

By the end of July 2021, 138,154 persons had been fully vaccinated; 210,692 persons by the end of August; 496,875 by the end of September 2021.

Mali

Mali began its vaccination program on 31 March 2021, initially with 396,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine obtained through COVAX.[28][77][78] On 28 June 2021, Mali gave 97,200 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to Côte d'Ivoire because of the short expiry date.[79]

Mauritania

Mauritania began its vaccination program on 26 March 2021, initially with 50,000 doses of BBIBP-CorV donated by China and 5,000 doses of the Pfizer–BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine donated by United Arab Emirates.[28][80]

Mauritius

Mauritius began its vaccination program on 26 January 2021, initially with 100,000 doses of the Covishield vaccine donated by India.[81]

Morocco

Morocco began its vaccination program on 28 January 2021.[82][83][84]

Mozambique

Mozambique began its vaccination program on 8 March 2021.[85][86]

Namibia

Namibia began its vaccination program on 19 March 2021, initially with 100,000 doses of BBIBP-CorV donated by China and 24,000 doses of the Oxford–AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine purchased through COVAX.[87][88][89]

Niger

Niger began its vaccination program on 29 March 2021, initially with 400,000 doses of BBIBP-CorV donated by China and 380,000 doses of the Oxford–AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine provided through the COVAX facility, donated by India. On 30 May 2021, Niger shared 100,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine with Ivory Coast on the understanding that Ivory Coast will return 100,000 doses to Niger at a later date.[45][90] In late July 2021, it received 302,400 doses of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine donated by the United States.[91][92]

Nigeria

Total COVID-19 vaccine doses by province in Nigeria

Nigeria began its vaccination program on 5 March 2021.[93] The rollout began after the delivery of 4 million Oxford-AstraZeneca, with more doses donated by India and MTN.[93] And the vaccination has spread out through out all thirty-six states of the country in less than two months after arrival.[94][95]

Rwanda

Rwanda began its vaccination program on 5 March 2021, two days after receiving 240,000 doses of the Oxford–AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine through COVAX and 50,000 doses of the same vaccine donated by India. In early May 2021, it was reported that Rwanda had administered all of the doses it had so far received.[25] On 1 June 2021, Rwanda received 100,600 doses of the Pfizer–BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine through COVAX, bringing Rwanda's total number of doses to 203,560 of Pfizer–BioNTech and 290,000 of Oxford–AstraZeneca/Covishield.[96][97] In two batches on 18 and 20 August 2021, Rwanda received 489,060 Pfizer-BioNTech doses donated by the United States, as well as 200,000 doses of the BBIBP-CorV vaccine donated by China.[98][99]

By the end of March 2021, 348,926 persons had been vaccinated; 349,871 by the end of April; 350,400 by the end of May; 391,805 by the end of June; 455,673 by the end of July; 660,402 by the end of August 2021.

São Tomé and Principe

São Tomé and Principe vaccination program began on 15 March 2021, initially with 24,000 doses of the Oxford–AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine provided through COVAX.[citation needed]

Senegal

Senegal began its vaccination program on 23 February 2021, initially with 200,000 doses of Sinopharm vaccines it purchased from China.[100] In early May 2021, it was reported that Senegal had administered all of the doses it had so far received.[25]

Seychelles

Seychelles began its vaccination program on 10 January 2021, initially with 50,000 doses of BBIBP-CorV donated by the United Arab Emirates and 50,000 doses of the Oxford–AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine donated by India. By mid-May 2021 Seychelles had exceeded its initial target of inoculating 70,000 persons.[101] In June 2021, Seychelles received 50,000 additional doses of Sinopharm's BBIBP-CorV vaccine.[102][103][104] In July 2021, the Ministry of Health changed its vaccination target, from 70% of the population to as high a proportion as possible, including children aged between 12 and 17 years who will receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.[105] A first batch of 35,100 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine donated by the United States through COVAX arrived on 8 September 2021, enabling vaccination of children from 10 September 2021.[106]

By the end of February 2021, 23549 persons had received both vaccine doses; 37957 by the end of March; 59160 by the end of April; 64029 by the end of May; 67670 by the end of June 2021.

Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone began its vaccination program on 15 March 2021, initially with 96,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.[107][108] On 20 March 2021 it received 42,000 doses of the same vaccine from the African Union. Because of their expiry date in April 2021, only 29,000 of the 42,000 doses could be administered.[2]

Somalia

Somalia began its vaccination campaign on 16 March 2021, a day after taking delivery of 300,000 doses of the Oxford–AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine through the COVAX facility.[109][110]

31,460 vaccine doses had been administered by the end of March 2021; 122,235 by the end of April; 134,133 by the end of May; 208,415 by the end of June; 249,790 by the end of July; 291,053 by the end of August; 495,041 by the end of September 2021.

South Africa

Total COVID-19 vaccine doses by province in South Africa

South Africa began its national vaccination program on 18 February 2021. The program will go through in phases, prioritizing healthcare and frontline workers and then those over the age of 65.[111]

South Africa has administered 4,017,442 vaccine doses across the country as of 8 July 2021.[112][113] South Africa has accepted delivery of 3 different vaccines, Johnson and Johnson, Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca, administering both Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) and Pfizer-BioNTech, with the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine suspended, due to its ineffectiveness against the Beta variant.[114]

South Sudan

South Sudan began its vaccination program on 6 April 2021, initially with 132,000 doses of the Oxford–AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from COVAX and 60,000 doses of the same vaccine donated by the African Union and MTN. Health officials decided on 15 April to stop using the doses donated by the AU and MTN due to their short expiry date.[115][116] The 60,000 doses from the AU and MTN were subsequently destroyed.[117]

Sudan

Sudan began its vaccination program on 9 March 2021, initially after they received 820,000 doses of the Oxford–AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine through COVAX.[116][118] On 26 March 2021, it received a quarter of a million doses of Sinopharm's BBIBP-CorV vaccine courtesy 7of China, followed in August by 606,700 doses of the Janssen vaccine donated by the United States and a donation from France of 218,400 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine delivered on 27 August 2021.[119]

49,932 vaccine doses had been administered by the end of April 2021; 358,236 by the end of May; 677,957 by the end of June; 810,560 by the end of July; 829,682 by the end of August; 1,704,840 by the end of September 2021.

Tanzania

COVID-19 vaccination started in the semi-autonomous region of Zanzibar on 6 July, and in the rest of the country on 28 July 2021.[120][121] In July 2021, Zanzibar received 110,000 doses of the CoronaVac vaccine in two batches, donated by China.[122] On 14 July 2021, Health Minister Dorothy Gwajima announced that Tanzania was going to receive 300,000 doses through COVAX.[123] A week later, Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa announced that vaccines had arrived and that those who wished could get vaccinated on a voluntary basis.[124] On 25 July 2021, Tanzania received 1,058,400 doses of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine through COVAX, donated by the United States.[125] By 7 August 2021, 105,745 persons had been vaccinated.[126] A week later, the number had risen to 207,391.[127] By the end of August, the number had risen to 304,603. On 8 October 2021, Tanzania received 1,065,000 doses of the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine through COVAX.[128]

Togo

Togo began its vaccination program on 10 March 2021, initially with 156,000 doses of the Oxford–AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine delivered through COVAX and 140,000 doses of the same vaccine which the Democratic Republic of Congo had been unable to use before the expiry date.[37] In early May 2021, it was reported that Togo had administered all of the doses it had so far received.[25]

Tunisia

Tunisia began its vaccination program on 13 March 2021, initially with 30,000 doses of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine. By the end of March 2021, 44,311 vaccine doses had been administered, rising to 361,527 by the end of April 2021. In early May 2021, it was reported that Tunisia had administered all of the doses it had so far received.[25] By the end of May 808,892 vaccine doses had been administered. By 29 June 2021, 1,821,431 vaccine doses had been administered and 548,997 persons fully immunised.[129] 2.6 million doses had been administered by the end of July 2021; 5.7 million by the end of August 2021; 8 million by the end of September 2021, by which time 3.8 million persons had been fully vaccinated.[130]

Uganda

Uganda began its vaccination program on 10 March 2021, initially with 100,000 doses of the Oxford–AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine donated by India and 864,000 doses of the same vaccine acquired through the COVAX. Uganda plans to vaccinate 21.9 million people and to start lifting restrictions once 4.8 million have been fully vaccinated.[131]

By 3 June 2021, 748,676 vaccine doses had been administered.[28] By the end of June, the number of administered doses had increased to 856,025. By the end of July, the number of administered doses had increased to 1.1 million.

Zambia

Zambia began its vaccination program on 14 April 2021, initially with 228,000 doses of the Oxford–AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine received from COVAX.[132][133]

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe began its vaccination program on 22 February 2021, initially using 200,000 doses of BBIBP-CorV.[134][135]

As of 4 March 2021 they have administered 1,491,397 doses of vaccines.[136][28]

Variants resistant to vaccines

Beta variant

The Beta variant of the disease is more resistant than other variants to some existing vaccines.

In January 2021, Johnson & Johnson, which held trials for its Janssen COVID-19 vaccine in South Africa, reported the level of protection against moderate to severe COVID-19 infection was 72% in the United States, but 57% in South Africa.[137]

On 6 February 2021, The Financial Times reported that provisional trial data from a study undertaken by South Africa's University of the Witwatersrand in conjunction with Oxford University demonstrated reduced efficacy of the Oxford–AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine against the 501.V2 variant. The study found that in a sample size of 2,000 the AZD1222 vaccine afforded only "minimal protection" in all but the most severe cases of COVID-19.[138]

On 7 February 2021, the Minister for Health for South Africa suspended the planned deployment of around 1 million doses of the vaccine whilst they examine the data and await advice on how to proceed.[139]

In February, Moderna reported that the current vaccine produced only one-sixth of the antibodies in response to the South African variant compared with the original virus. They have launched a trial of a new vaccine to tackle the South African 501.V2 variant.[140]

On 17 February 2021, Pfizer announced neutralization activity was reduced by two thirds for the 501.V2 variant, while stating no claims about the efficacy of the vaccine in preventing illness for this variant could yet be made.[141]

See also

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