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Where are African countries receiving their vaccine dosages from?

The World Health Organization (WHO) alongside Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and other organizations, have set up the vaccine-sharing COVAX facility to supply a target of 1.3 billion vaccine doses to what they have tagged to be the poorest nations this year.

The North African kingdom of Morocco received its first shipments of vaccine doses earlier this year from China’s Sinopharm and Anglo-Swedish AstraZeneca. To appeal to more people, Vaccinations there are free of charge, and the Health Ministry said patients receive two doses over 21 days.

In Egypt, there are currently two vaccines being administered: the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine, and AstraZeneca, which is manufactured by a British-Swedish multinational pharmaceutical and biotechnology company. Egypt received the first batch of the Sinopharm vaccine in early January 2021, and received another 500,000 doses. The AstraZeneca vaccine also arrived in late January.

The Tunisian Prime Minister was even appealing to the WHO at a meeting in Geneva to speed up vaccine provisions to Tunisia towards economic revival. Tunisia also launched a vaccination campaign against the coronavirus pandemic, days after receiving the first batch of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine.

Tunisia received 30,000 doses of the Russian vaccine. Tunisia got 137,000 doses of the British AstraZeneca and 94,600 doses of the US-German Pfizer-BioNTech as part of the global COVAX program.

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