The 55 countries of the region reached 150,483 deaths this Saturday, with the highest reports in South Africa (63,873), Egypt (16,368) and Tunisia (16,50), according to the source, which cites statistics from the World Health Organization and national and regional institutions, among others.
So far, those infected by the viral pathogen in Africa amounted to 5,869,127, while a little more than 5 million have recovered from the deadly disease.
According to the source, health authorities administered more than 37 million doses of vaccines throughout the continent, an extremely low figure for a region with more than 1.3 billion inhabitants, according to international organizations.
A few days ago, the executive director of Unicef, Henrietta Fore, demanded that African countries should have affordable and equitable access to anti-virus vaccines as soon as possible.
The UN official stressed that access to vaccine ‘has been unequal and unfair’ and in Africa less than one percent of its population has been vaccinated. ‘This cannot continue,’ she remarked.