Covid-19, Cuamm doctors: 'Africa's access to vaccines is one of the most crucial issues'
The Cuamm doctors on the Covid-19 situation in Africa: “Africa’s access to vaccines is one of the crucial points for containing the pandemic. Faced with a global emergency, the only possible response must be global
Covid-19 in Africa, the analysis of Cuamm doctors
Africa cannot be left out. A vaccination plan is needed.
As well as being right, doing so is a guarantee for our security, because this is the only way we can stop the spread of the virus and its variants’.
This is the appeal launched by Don Dante Carraro, director of Medico con l’Africa Cuamm, on the subject of Covid-19
And the first vaccines are on their way. Carlos Agostinho do Rosario, head of the Mozambican government, was enthusiastic the other day when he announced that the first 200,000 doses of vaccine had arrived in the country.
The same goes for Ghana, which has already received 600,000 and Senegal 200,000.
“This is the beginning of hope for the African continent, which should receive at least 1.3 billion vaccine doses by 2021 in order to have sufficient immunization coverage,” says the director of Cuamm, who points out that the first doses should be administered “to local colleagues, doctors, nurses, midwives, and support workers in the health sector (administrative, drivers, cleaners),” because “as we have experienced in Italy, they are the ‘heart’ around which the entire health system of a country revolves.
Cuamm has launched a concrete initiative to bring the vaccine to 20,000 colleagues, doctors and health workers in the countries where we are present in Africa.
“The initial total challenge for a complete vaccine (two doses) is 400,000 euro, with the hope of then reaching many more”.
The goal of Cuamm’s intervention is to bring the vaccine to the last mile in 51 districts of 6 countries where it is present: Angola, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Uganda, for a total population of about 5 million.