More coronavirus vaccinations are being shipped to African countries by the United States.

According to a White House official, the US will ship more than 1.2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to four African countries via the worldwide COVAX distribution programme on Friday.

The shipments include 250,320 doses of the Moderna (MRNA.O) vaccine for the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 657,080 doses of the Moderna vaccine for Uganda, 302,400 doses of the Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) vaccine for Guinea, and 35,100 doses of the Pfizer (PFE.N) and BioNTech (22UAy.DE) vaccine for Seychelles.

The doses are being delivered through COVAX, jointly run by the World Health Organization and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI).

Africa has lagged sharply behind other regions in vaccinating its citizens, with most countries reporting single-digit vaccination rates, compared with much higher double-digit rates in advanced economies such as the United States.

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