MIL-OSI USA: Rep. Bass Statement on Rising COVID-19 Vaccinations in Africa

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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congresswoman Karen Bass (37th District of California)

June 22, 2022

Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Global Human Rights issued the following statement:

“Nearly 50% of African healthcare workers and people over the age of 60 – two of the highest-risk populations – are now vaccinated against COVID-19 according to an analysis of June 2022 data by the World Health Organization. I am pleased to see a marked increase in vaccination over the past few months and am hopeful that we will see continued progress in COVID-19 immunizations in the near future.

While two-thirds of Americans have been fully vaccinated, less than 20% of Africa’s population is fully vaccinated to date. African healthcare partners like the Africa CDC need our sustained support to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, which still ravages the continent. That is why I continue to advocate for domestic vaccine manufacturing capacities in Africa, which can ease the death toll of COVID-19 and prepare Africans in the long-term for the next global public health emergency.”

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