Sarah Dwyer is an International Foreign Policy Correspondent for Today News Africa based in California. Sarah earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from San Jose State University. She focuses on COVID-19 relating to US-Africa ties.
African Vaccination Week is observed every year in the last week of April. This year’s theme is “Long Life for All.” The goal of the initiative is to underscore the importance of immunization as well as raise awareness about different diseases and the vaccines used to treat them.
Immunization week is particularly important for Africa as the continent relies heavily on vaccine imports. Africa struggles with challenges of spreadable diseases and other healthcare issues that are not as prevalent or dangerous in other parts of the world. And yet, Africa imports nearly 99% of its routine vaccines.
Two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, less than 20% of Africa’s population is fully vaccinated against the illness, lagging woefully behind the global average of 58%, the World Health Organization Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, said in a statement on Tuesday.
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