COVID-19 in Africa tracker

The Foundation’s COVID-19 in Africa tracker gathers the latest data on COVID-19 cases, deaths, the population coverage of the vaccine doses administered so far, as well as the vaccine donation pledges made by G20 members. It is updated every two weeks.

The data on COVID-19 cases and deaths is collected from the COVID-19 Data Repository by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering (JHU CSSE). The data on vaccines is collected from the Bloomberg COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker. The data on vaccine donation pledges is collected from the Duke Global Health Innovation Center’s Launch and Scale Speedometer.

Last updated: 22 October 2021

COVID-19 confirmed cases and reported deaths in Africa (20 October 2021)

Highest number of new cases per 1M population

Seychelles 303.3
Botswana 146.0
Gabon 93.5
Libya 78.9
Mauritius 36.1

Lowest number of new cases per 1M population

Somalia 0.0
Tanzania 0.0
Sierra Leone 0.0
Madagascar 0.1
Chad 0.1

On the continental level, there has been a 21% decrease in new cases and a 25% decrease in new deaths during epidemiological week 41 (11-17 October 2021) compared to epidemiological week 40. This follows a 30% and 27% decrease in new cases and deaths, respectively, between epidemiological weeks 39 and 40.

Western Africa is the only region to have seen an increase in new deaths compared to the previous epidemic week (+55%) (+132 deaths), mainly driven by Nigeria (+275%) (+90 deaths).

In absolute numbers, Southern Africa (3.9 million) and Northern Africa (2.6 million) are still the two regions with the most cumulative confirmed cases on the continent, and when looking at the seven-day moving average for new cases Northern Africa has the most of any region (2066).

Botswana has the second most new cases per million, while cumulative confirmed cases represent only 6.3% of South Africa's cases, we see the number of new cases per million be more than fourteen times as large for Botswana than South Africa.

Libya features in the five countries with the most new cases per million as well in the five countries with the most total cumulative cases.

Population coverage of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered (21 October 2021)

Burundi and Eritrea have yet to start their COVID-19 vaccination campaigns, maintaining the total of African countries to have started their campaigns at 52.

Seychelles (83.0%) has the 14th highest population coverage in the world, yet 40 African countries are still in the bottom 50 with a population coverage equal or lower than 16.0%.

In terms of the absolute number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered, Morocco ranks first in Africa and 26th globally (almost 45 million) and maintains the third highest population coverage (63.0%) on the continent.

Africa: highest population coverage of COVID-19 vaccine dose administered (%)

Seychelles 83.0
Mauritius 67.6
Morocco 63.0
Cabo Verde 42.9
Tunisia 36.9

Africa: lowest population coverage of COVID-19 vaccine dose administered (%)

DR Congo 0.1
South Sudan 0.5
Chad 0.6
Burkina Faso 0.7
Tanzania 0.8

G20: vaccine donation pledges (15 October 2021)

Source: MIF based on Duke Global Health Innovation Center

As of 15 October 2021, the total vaccine donation pledges made directly to Africa (individual African countries and African Union) amounts to 134.5 million vaccine doses.

However, this figure does not include the total vaccine donation pledges of which the direct recipient is COVAX, the global vaccine-sharing scheme. This total amounts to 944.7 million vaccine doses, from which the African continent is expected to receive a large chunk.

Of the 16 entities making vaccine donation pledges directly to Africa, 12 of those are non-African countries: China, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United States. Additionally, two donating entities are multinational companies (Alrosa Group and MTN Group) and two African countries have donated vaccine doses to other African countries (Morocco has donated 280,000 vaccine doses to Mauritius and Senegal has donated 10,000 doses to Gambia).

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