São Tomé and Príncipe reaches the first global vaccination target against Covid 19 by vaccinating more than 10% of its population by the end of September 2021
São Tomé and Príncipe has fully vaccinated 10% of its population against COVID-19, meeting the World Health Organization’s September global target (WHO) aimed at expanding and accelerating immunization and helping to reverse the trend against the pandemic.
“We are delighted that São Tomé and Príncipe has achieved this important goal in time for the end of September deadline,” said WHO Representative Dr. Anne Ancia in São Tomé and Príncipe. “It shows great political leadership at the highest level, very hard work and dedication of the professionals involved in administering the vaccine, and the commitment of the people of the country to protect themselves and their loved ones against COVID-19.
In May 2021, WHO The Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has set the global target of 10% of the population of all countries to be vaccinated by the end of September; 40% by the end of December; and 70% by mid-2022.
São Tomé and Príncipe has so far received a total of 197,500 doses of COVID-19 vaccines – including 48,500 from the COVAX Facility, a multilateral initiative aimed at ensuring global access to COVID-19 vaccines, 49,000 doses were from the Republic of Portugal and most recently 100,000 were donated by the Republic of China. Of these, the country administered 91,457 doses, and therefore fully immunized 22,120 people out of its 220,000 inhabitants and vaccinated another 66,202 people with the first doses of the vaccine.
Since the start of the pandemic, the country has worked very hard to ensure the protection of its people from this deadly disease. When vaccines began to be safe, effective and available, Sao Tome and Principe was among the first African countries to be considered ready to launch a vaccination campaign and receive vaccines from COVAX establishment. Since March 15, 2021, professionals from the Ministry of Health, supported by partners, have been working tirelessly to administer the available vaccines, starting with those most at risk: – the professionals on the front line of the response and – the people most at risk. more likely. develop severe forms of the disease. It was the country’s determination that made it possible to achieve the 10% target set by WHO. The next step is to speed up and expand vaccination so that the next goal of vaccinating 40% of the population by December 2021 can also be achieved. In fact, the Ministry of Health aims to vaccinate 70% of the population by March 2022.
Global goals have been set to achieve critical milestones in countries COVID-19 vaccine responses. 10% of the vaccinated population should offer protection to the most vulnerable; 40% are expected to ensure the safety of priority populations such as healthcare workers, the elderly and those with co-morbidities, and 70% will reopen societies and economies.
Almost 90% of high-income countries have now reached the 10% target, and more than 70% have reached the 40% target. Of these, however, only 16 countries on the African continent have achieved the first target and three countries have achieved the 40% target.
The crippling vaccine supply shortages in Africa from April to July caused 2021 uncertainty and insecurity among countries, which ultimately impacted their vaccine uptake. Coupled with operational bottlenecks and reluctance to immunize, only 60 million people in Africa, or 4.3% of the population, have been fully immunized against COVID-19 to XX September 2021.
Despite the challenges, many countries have adopted innovative and flexible vaccine delivery strategies with the aim of getting as many hits in the guns as possible.
In addition to the country’s hard work to lead the vaccination battle, we must also thank all the partners who have helped the country reach the 10% target: WHO, GAVI, Unicef, CEPI and all COVAX partners around the world, the World Bank, the Republic of Portugal and China who have donated vaccines and the African Union which will provide 150,000 additional doses of vaccines in the coming weeks. It is by working together that goals can be achieved and the people of Sao Tome and Principe and the rest of the world can be protected.
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