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African deaths from Covid19 have increased 80 percent in four weeks, driven by the Delta variant, World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced today from Geneva.

“All regions are at risk,” he said, “but none more so than Africa…Many African countries have prepared well to roll out vaccines, but the vaccines have not arrived.”

Less than two percent of all Covid vaccine doses have been administered across Africa’s 55 countries. Only 1.5 percent of Africans are fully vaccinated.

The UN global health body announced two new steps today to address the growing pandemic emergency crisis.

1.  The Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator is launching Radar – the Rapid ACT-Accelerator Delta Response, which is issuing an urgent call for U.S.$7.7 billion for tests, treatments and vaccines.

2. A collaboration has been signed by a group of partners who will speed the production of Covid vaccines in Africa,initially by a South Africa-based facility.

The partners are WHO; the Medicines Patent Pool; Afrigen Biologics; the Biologicals and Vaccines Institute of Southern Africa; the South African Medical Research Council and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) based at the Africa Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.