COVID-19 in Africa: Where we are today
In June 2021, the Mastercard Foundation partnered with the Africa CDC to launch the $1.5billion Saving Lives and Livelihoods initiative. Together, we are purchasing COVID-19 vaccines for more than 65 million people, deploying vaccines to millions more across the continent, enabling vaccine manufacturing in Africa by developing the workforce, and strengthening the Africa CDC’s capacity.
Countries that have surpassed the 70% vaccination target include: Seychelles at 82%, while Mauritius and Rwanda are both at 77%. Countries that have attained
vaccination between 40% and 70% include: Botswana, Cape Verde, Comoros, Liberia, Morocco, Mozambique, Sao Tome and Principe, and Tunisia. Meanwhile,
about 21.7% percent of the continent’s population is fully vaccinated at the moment.
Africa has registered over 12 million COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Egypt, Ethiopia, Libya, Morocco, South Africa, and Tunisia are
among countries on the continent that have recorded the highest number of cases. Read more
Shots in arms: Updates on Saving Lives and Livelihoods
Saving Lives and Livelihoods Implementation In country Launch in DRC. Africa CDC, in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, commenced the implementation phase of the Saving Lives and Livelihoods program on September 22 in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to increase the COVID 19 vaccination uptake. The implementation comes at a time when only 3,113,660 people, or 5.77% of the adult population, have been fully vaccinated in the country. The DRC Ministry of Health and Africa CDC, in partnership with Mastercard Foundation, intend to establish 15 new COVID 19 vaccination centres, 11 in Kinshasa and 4 in Lualaba, and vaccinate about 5,600,000 people. Watch here