"We first, not me first" will end the pandemic, says WHO

"We first, not me first" will end the pandemic, says WHO

"We first, not me first" is the only way to end the pandemic, says World Health Organization Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti.

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WHO Africa held an online press briefing on COVID-19 in Africa on Thursday afternoon.

Moeti says vaccine hoarding by some countries will prolong the ordeal and delay recovery.

She says what is happening globally now is not what WHO had been hoping for.

"It would be deeply unjust for vulnerable Africans had to be waiting for vaccines, while lower risks populations in wealthier countries are made safe.

"Only through global solidarity will we end this pandemic," she said.

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Gavi's Managing Director of Country Programmes, Thabani Maphosa, says the sense of urgency in Africa not being left behind is a heavy burden.

Maphosa says the era of HIV/AIDS - where Africa was the last to receive ARVs - is a harsh reminder for the organisation.

"This time I think the perspective is that never again will Africa need to be left behind - too far."

The first batch of the vaccines is expected to be shipped in by the end of January, with others expected to be manufactured in the country.

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