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African Union wants multilateral agencies,  philanthropists to provide vaccines

African Union wants multilateral agencies, philanthropists to provide vaccines

AFRICAN Union has urged for the continent to have a united position to ensure that the multilateral agencies and philanthropists provide vaccines to Africa and source them from African producers for guaranteeing Africa access to the vaccine market.

This was addressed in the release when the President of Republic of Senegal, Macky Sall called the video-teleconference meeting aim to ensure that certainty of demand for African manufactured vaccines and other relevant pharmaceutical products rise by the end of this year.

The video-teleconference meeting was also attended by President Félix Antoine Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo, President João Lourenço of the Republic of Angola, Mohammed Menfi the chairperson of the presidential council of the state of Libya.

The African governments in collaboration with stakeholders are advised to encourage the support for emerging of the African vaccine manufacturing industry with high level advocacy of GAVI, COVAX for better progress in the health department.

“With high level of advocacy of GAVI, COVAX; the government with the stakeholders are required to support the emerging African vaccine manufacturing industry that will improve the health sector” the statement shows.

The set up for procurement mechanism is also needed in Africa whereby it will support the manufactures with business cases development as a critical aspect to secure off- take agreement for the vaccine and medicines that are essential health products.

“The set up for procurement mechanism through AVAT/T, Africa (CDC), and common African pooled procurement system (CAPPS)should be involved in Africa for the manufacture of public health product” the statement shows.

In addition to that AU reached an agreement set by WHO to meet 70 percent to commit the increase of demand for vaccine in Africa with the political will to extend the vaccination targets.

Great efforts are done by the key partners in Africa include Africa Medical Supplies Platform (CAMSP), and the AVAT/T, UN Economic Commission for the Africa (UNECA) and Africa ExportImport Bank (Afrexim)for immense support to improve the African vaccines.

AU champion, the President of South Africa, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa has done great efforts to fight against Covid-19 by taking different measures in preventing the country from the virus; whereby in February this year the number of people being affected has reduced from 420 to 240.

While fighting for Covid19, President Ramaphosa has invested about 465bn/- on a launch for a vaccine manufacturing facility that will boost the country’s capacity to produce its own vaccines.

“Africa is responding to Covid-19 with a “depth of scientific knowledge, expertise and capacity,” to make its own vaccines”, said President Ramaphosa Ramaphosa said Africa has secured 500 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines through the African Union’s vaccine acquisition task team, but believes the continent needs more.

“These doses represent only around half of what the continent needs to vaccinate 900 million people in order to achieve the 70% target set by the World Health Organization,” he said

The pandemic has revealed the huge disparities that exist within and between countries in access to quality healthcare, medicines, diagnostics and vaccines, said Ramaphosa on Wednesday. Due to the efforts made by Ramaphosa, heads of state and Government has applauded on the AU champion on strategic guidance and leadership in effective leading the continental response to Covid-19 on the continent.

Among the representatives of the African vaccine manufacturing countries that attended the meeting are president Nana Akufo of the Republic of Ghana, President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, President Ramaphosa, Ms SahleWork Zewde the President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Ramtane Lamamra , Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Democratic of Algeria.

Others are Edwin G Dikoloti, Minister of Health and Wellness of the Republic of Botswana, Khalid Ghaffar the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Osagie Ehanire, thye Minister of Health of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Monica Masama, the Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation, Republic of Uganda.

In attendance also were Ambassador Mohammed Arrouchi , The Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Morocco, Mercy Mwanangi , the Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kenya, Hechmi Louzir, the Director Pasteur Institute of Tunisia and the member of the Scientific committee against Covid- 19.

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Author: NANCY MAWOLE

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