Nine African countries set to miss urgent COVID-19 vaccination goal

The World Health Organization has warned that nine in 10 African countries are set to miss the September target of vaccinating 10% of their people unless Africa receives 225 million more doses.

The global targets were announced recently at the World Health Assembly, the world’s highest health policy-setting body, and at today’s pace only seven African countries are set to meet them.

According to WHO, numbers of cases continue to rising week-on-week and increased by nearly 20% to over 88 000 in the week ending on 6 June.

The pandemic is trending upwards in 10 African countries, with four nations recording a spike in new cases of over 30% in the past seven days, compared with the previous week. 72% of all new cases were reported in Egypt, South Africa, Tunisia, Uganda and Zambia and over half were recorded in nine southern African countries.

“As we close in on 5 million cases and a third wave in Africa looms, many of our most vulnerable people remain dangerously exposed to COVID-19. Vaccines have been proven to prevent cases and deaths, so countries that can, must urgently share COVID-19 vaccines. It’s do or die on dose sharing for Africa,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa.

At 32 million doses, Africa accounts for under 1% of the over 2.1 billion doses administered globally. Just 2% of the continent’s nearly 1.3 billion people have received one dose and only 9.4 million Africans are fully vaccinated.

United States President Joe Biden who is currently in England for G7 submit is expecting announcement his country effort to support low income nations.

The US said to purchase and donate half a billion Pfizer vaccines to 92 low- and lower-middle-income countries and the African Union is an important step forward. “The tide is starting to turn. We are now seeing wealthy nations beginning to turn promises into action,” said Dr Moeti.

Attitudes towards vaccines and acceptance of vaccination varies across countries and communities.

South Sudan confirmed 10,475 cases of COVID-19, ten thousand two hundred fifteen recover and one hundred fourteen death since coronavirus declared in the country last year.

RJMEC gives resolutions of Constitution-making Process’ workshop to R-TGoNU

The Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (RJMEC) said it has handed over the Resolutions of the Workshop on the Permanent Constitution-making Process to the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (RTGoNU).

The document’s hopes to be a roadmap for constitution-making was given to Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Hon. Justice Ruben Madol.

Last month, President Kiir Mayardit instructed stakeholders in the permanent constitution-making process to reflect the citizens’ interest and spirit of nationalism in the amendment. The constitution amendment is expected to be accomplished within four months.

RJMEC Interim Chairperson H.E. Maj. Gen. Charles Tai Gituai said: “I am pleased to report that the workshop was successfully convened and facilitated, and its outcome is a very robust and clear roadmap on the details for conducting the Permanent Constitution-making process for the Republic of South Sudan.”

Gen Gituai continued: “I commend the participants for the cordial, principled, and constructive engagements during the workshop that yielded the expected outcome that we celebrate today.”

This was then followed by three days of technical and constructive deliberations with the nominees of the Parties and stakeholders entrusted with the responsibility for designing the path to a durable constitution-making process for the Republic of South Sudan.

“The process design was just the first step in the constitution-making. Much more work of the Permanent Constitution-making, which will be led and owned by the people of South Sudan, and supported by their friends and partners, will now start with enacting the legislation to govern the process,” Tai said.

The head of peace monitors further stated that the next phase of civil education would be a national conversation and a wide range of consultations with South Sudan’s diverse communities. All voices must be heard in this process.”