Africa has the highest global mortality rate among critically ill COVID-19 patients despite having fewer reported cases, World Health Organization’s Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said on Monday, citing a recent study in the Lancet.
“A recent study in the Lancet showed Africa has the highest global mortality rate among critically ill COVID-19 patients, despite having fewer reported cases than most other regions,” Dr. Tedros said at Monday’s press briefing in Geneva, Switzerland.
The deadly nature of the coronavirus in Africa is especially concerning given that so many people across the continent remain unvaccinated, vulnerable, and often without sufficient access to medical facilities.
As many wealthier nations such as the United States continue to vaccinate more and more of their populations, the continent of Africa is lagging behind the rest of the world in vaccination numbers.
In Africa, less than 2% of the continent’s population has received a dose of the coronavirus vaccine.
While exact figures pertaining to the number of cases in Africa are often disputed or deemed unreliable, it is clear that the coronavirus is continuing to ravage African nations which are not equipped with the resources necessary to curtail its spread.
As the global vaccination disparity is growing increasingly apparent, the coronavirus pandemic continues to detrimentally affect less affluent nations and cause long-lasting economic damage.
Around the world, more than 10 thousand people are dying from covid-19 every day, says the World Health Organization.
With the highest global mortality rate and countless vulnerable people, the continent of Africa is continuing to fight a deadly public health crisis.