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WHO Africa encourages the use of AstraZeneca vaccine despite variants

February 11, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by SALVATORE DI NOLFI/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock (10080366g) Matshidiso Moeti, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, informs to the media about of update on WHO Ebola operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) during a press conference, at the European headquarters of the United Nations (UNOG) in Geneva, Switzerland, 01 February 2019. Press conference on WHO Ebola operations in DR Congo, Geneva, Switzerland - 01 Feb 2019

The World Health Organization (WHO) African region has backed the use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine against Covid-19 even in countries reporting variants of the disease.

Nairobi, Kenya (CNN)The World Health Organization (WHO) African region has backed the use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine against Covid-19 even in countries reporting variants of the disease.

"While a vaccine that protects against all forms of Covid-19 illness is our biggest hope, preventing severe cases and hospitalizations which overwhelm hospitals and health systems is crucial," Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO regional director for Africa, said at a news briefing Thursday.

The second wave of Covid-19 in Africa, which peaked in January, was more deadly than the first wave, according to Dr. Moeti.

With the rollout of vaccines, "if cases remain mostly mild and moderate and don't require critical care then we can save many lives," Dr. Moeti added.

In addition to increased deaths, variants of Covid-19 are spreading across the continent -- with seven other countries now reporting the B. 1351 variant that was first detected in South Africa -- including Ghana, Kenya, Comoros, Botswana, Mozambique and Zambia.

Two people who traveled from Tanzania to the UK were found to be carrying the variant linked to South Africa, although Tanzania has not updated Covid-19 data since late April and denies the virus exists in the country.

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