πŸ“Ί LIVE: @WHOAFRO press briefing on the #COVID19 pandemic in #Africa and vaccine rollout for health care workers. Dr @MoetiTshidi is joined by expert from across the Region. twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…
"While new cases have plateaued in the past two weeks, following a peak in August, Africa must remain on high alert as we see cases rising across Europe. We are about to start the end-of-year travel season, which triggered a surge last December." - Dr @MoetiTshidi
"We are already seeing an uptick in new cases in Southern Africa, with a 48% jump in new cases, compared with the preceding week. This comes after 18 weeks of sustained decline, with the increase driven mainly by a spike in cases in πŸ‡ΏπŸ‡¦." - Dr @MoetiTshidi
"Vaccination is our best defence. But while many high-income countries report more than 60% vaccine coverage, just over 7% of Africa’s population is fully vaccinated – in spite of a rise in shipments of doses to the continent." - Dr @MoetiTshidi
"Preliminary analysis finds the majority of health workers are not benefiting from optimal protection, leaving them dangerously exposed to severe #COVID19 infection. This puts at risk not only their own health & wellbeing, but also that of the patients." - Dr @MoetiTshidi
"The WHO analysis, based on data from 25 countries in Africa, finds that only just more than one in four health workers - or 27% - are fully protected." - Dr @MoetiTshidi
" Meanwhile, a recent WHO global study of 22 mostly high-income countries reported that over 80% of their health and care workers are fully vaccinated." - @MoetiTshidi
"The risk of health worker infection increases whenever cases surge, and with a fourth wave looming, countries must urgently speed up the rollout of vaccines to those on the front lines." - Dr @MoetiTshidi
"I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to all our dedicated nurses, doctors, laboratory technicians, cleaners & community health workers for their invaluable contributions,& to encourage them to get vaccinated as soon as doses become available." Dr @MoetiTshidi

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