WHO: Africa lags behind in COVID vaccinations

The World Health Organization is raising concerns about the delay in coronavirus vaccinations in Africa.

The WHO reports that 42 of Africa's 54 countries are set to miss the goal of vaccinating at least 10 percent of their populations by the end of September.

The organization's regional director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, said in an online briefing on Thursday that less than 3 percent of Africa's population is fully vaccinated. She said that compares to more than 50 percent in the European Union and the United States.

She talked about the need to deliver enough doses to Africa, and said African countries have to move forward with their plans to rapidly vaccinate their people.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has been calling for global vaccine equality, suggesting that the spread of infections in low-income countries could boost the mutation of the virus and affect the entire world.