The African Union AU, has urged African countries to continue rolling out the AstraZeneca vaccines regardless of the fact, that so many countries have halted it's usage and banned it, due to concerns about blood clots. Countries like Ireland, Netherlands, South Africa, Denmark, Norway, Iceland and recently Austria have all halted the use of the vaccine, after some persons who were initially vaccinated, had cases of blood clot.
The AstraZeneca vaccine is by far the most affordable to many economically challenged African countries, also the storage requirement and temperature, also makes it very easy handle in most of Africa’s arid environment, it does not require a cool weather unlike other brands of vaccines. The director of Africa Centers for Disease Control and prevention, John Nkengasong said in a press conference: "The benefits still outweighs the risks and countries should move forward with it"
The World Health Organisation WHO Africa director, Matshidiso Moeti in a media briefing on Thursday, encouraged countries to continue with their vaccination campaigns and that they should not halt, "as we are in a race against time." She went further to reveal that, there will be less likelihood of mutations producing more dangerous variants of the virus, when more people are protected. 14.5 million doses have been disbursed to various African countries including Nigeria, and over 8,000 people are said to be vaccinated already.
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