The World Health Organisation has said that the sudden increase in Coronavirus cases in parts of Africa could be due to the unequal distribution of vaccines worldwide.
According to WHO Coordinator, Mike Ryan, on Friday in Geneva, the number of new infections in Liberia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Rwanda doubled.
“This is the consequence of the current unfair distribution of vaccines,’’ Ryan stated.
“The trajectory is very, very concerning,” he added.
In spite of repeated appeals by the WHO, only a very small part of the population has been vaccinated against COVID-19 there,“We are going to pay a heavy price for that inequity.
“To assume that the next wave in Africa is a small passing shower and not a storm is very, very premature,” Ryan said.
The WHO coordinator also notified the rest of the world against assuming that a wave of infection would resemble previous ones.
“Every wave is unique,” he said, adding that it depended on the season, virus variants and the intensity of transmissions.