Screenshot of WHO Twitter post

Claim: WHO led the way in Liberia, achieving the Highest COVID-19 vaccination rate.

Full text: What is believed to be a conflicting report about Liberia’s efforts in fighting against COVID-19 has been lingering on social media, including Twitter and Facebook.

Recently, the Ministry of information published on its official Facebook page stating that 

< 80% of Liberians are Vaccinated  against COVID-19

< 7th best in Africa containing COVID-19.

< Liberia is the  3rd best-performing country in containing COVID-19 in West Africa. These claims were fact-checked.

But Another report was posted by the World Health Organization WHO Liberia on its Twitter account Thursday, January 26, 2023.

In that Twitter post, WHO Liberia quoted the United States of America Ambassador to Liberia- Micheal A. McCarthy.

The post said, “A fruitful partnership with WHO, where WHO led the way in Liberia achieving the HIGHEST COVID-19 vaccination rate. It’s a pleasure working with professional & trustworthy people. If we do it again, WHO will be the way- U.S. Ambassador to Liberia- Micheal A. McCarthy.”

Verification: “As of January 4, 2023, Seychelles was the African country with the highest coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination rate, with around 205 doses administered per 100 individuals.

Mauritius and Rwanda followed with 201 and 190 doses per 100 people, respectively. Ranking fourth, Morocco had a vaccination rate of approximately 148 doses per 100 people, registering the third-highest number of inoculations after Egypt and Nigeria.

In South Africa, the most affected country on the continent, the vaccination rate instead reached around 64 per 100 population.

No recent World Health Organization website data points to Liberia achieving the HIGHEST COVID-19 vaccination rate.

During the heat of the virus outbreak, Reuters started collecting daily COVID-19 infections and deaths data for 240 countries and territories worldwide, updated regularly throughout each day. The last time Reuters posted information tracking Liberia’s COVID-19 diseases, death, and doses of vacation was July 15, 2022.

As of 02 Sep 2022, according to the Multilateral Leaders Task Force On COVID-19, Liberia’s Maximum Vaccination Rate was put at 1.73 (Per 100 people), while the average Vaccination Rate was 1.06 (Per 100 people).

To further establish the truthfulness or the falsity of the information, The New York Times latest Tracking Coronavirus Vaccinations Around the World and Liberia recorded the following: vaccinated- 79% fully vaccinated-76% there was no data about per 100 people.

The New York Times data was published on January 15, 2023.

The World Health Organization ( WHO) dashboard puts the vaccine doses administered per 100 population for Liberia at 88.2% and 73.77% for persons fully vaccinated with the last dose of primary series per 100 population while those who have taken booster recorded 0.04%

Screenshot from the World Health Organization dashboard capturing Liberia’s percentage 

Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire) also has the following information: Total vaccine doses administered per 100 population is 92.04%, persons fully vaccinated with last dose of primary series per 100 population 45.36 while 9.68 goes for Persons Boosted per 100 population.

Screenshot from the World Health Organization dashboard capturing Ivory Coast gains in the COVID-19 fight

Conclusion: With the above data, TSM can state that Liberia does not have the HIGHEST COVID-19 immunization rate in West Africa, Africa, or the globe. The Highest, on the other hand, is a superlative form that contrasts differences between two items being changed.

Ivory Coast, which borders Liberia, has 92.04% of total vaccination doses provided per 100 people, whereas Liberia has 88.2%. The English used and the facts are all unrealistic until confirmed correctly by the World Health Organization (WHO).


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