A corona virus vaccination in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, tempers flared among those waiting for scarce AstraZeneca , with some accusing others of trying to jump the queue.Nurses intervened, telling them the accused had been waiting since the previous day and violence in what has become a tense atmosphere as Ugandans for vaccination.
In the aftermath of a wave of infections driven by the delta variant many Ugandans seeking the first dose of vaccine are competing with hundreds of thousands who have waited months for a second dose. But the country now has only 285,000 shots donated by Norway.
The delta variant has touched off a vaccination rush across Africa that the slow trickle of donated doses can’t keep up with, compounding the continent’s vaccine disadvantage compared with the rest of the world.
A second dose across much of the world’s least vaccinated continent contrasts sharply with rich countries now beginning to authorize third doses.”Dr. Alfread Driwale said, “You can’t make a policy when there is no certainty of supply.
The Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ,Less than 2 % of the continent’s 1.3 billion people are fully vaccinated and African countries have received just over 100 million vaccine doses.
John Nkengasong, the group’s director said, Donations of AstraZeneca from countries such as France are not considered large amounts in efforts to vaccinate 60 % Africa’s population by the end of 2022.
“The best vaccine to use as a second dose is any vaccine that’s available,” of getting the first AstraZeneca dose and then the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
“We are told that delta varianr is very deadly and we are all scared. So most of my colleagues have taken the first AstraZeneca vaccine, but we are unable to the second jab now,” said Ifeoluwa Oluseyi, a teacher in the Nigerian capital of Abuja.
A Ugandan teacher, waiting her turn at a crowded vaccination site on a recent morning, said she would not leave until she got her second shot, due since June 2.
There have been reports of fake vaccination certificates issued to people who got vaccination outside centres, and some even paying bribes to get vaccination .
“This second dose, everyone wants it. I was asking myself, What is the probability that I will be among those people who will be able to get it?” she said. “I pity those who haven’t gotten it because from now on it’s going be even