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Covid-19: African countries want to buy vaccines instead of waiting for donations, AU says

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  • African countries want to buy the Covid-19 vaccine instead of waiting for donor-funded jabs.
  • The African Union also urged manufacturers to lift export bans.
  • AU feels that it should not rely solely on vaccine donations.

The African Union said on Tuesday that it would like to buy the Covid-19 vaccine rather than waiting for donor-funded vaccinations to arrive, calling on producers to give producers a fair shot of market access to the continent. rice field.

The AU also lifts export bans on manufacturers so that continents can begin to address apparent inequality in access to coronavirus jabs, as wealthy countries monopolize available doses. Prompted.

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“Vaccine sharing is good, but you shouldn’t have to rely on vaccine sharing,” AU’s Covid-19 envoy, Strive Masiyiwa, said at a press conference at the World Health Organization in Geneva.

“I want to buy from the same manufacturer,” he said.

The major Covid-19 vaccine producers have a moral responsibility to ensure fair access to end the pandemic, but “these manufacturers did not provide us with adequate access. I know it well, “he said.

According to AFP calculations, there are only nine vaccinations per 100 people in Africa.

This figure corresponds to 118 doses per 100 people in the United States and Canada. 104 in Europe; 85 in Asia. 84 in Latin America and the Caribbean. 69 in Oceania and 54 in the Middle East.

WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Gebreyes said African countries “have been left behind by the rest of the world.”

The head of the United Nations Health Organization explained the dangers of leaving Africa, which is not well covered by vaccines.

“This not only hurt the people of Africa, but it hurt us all,” he said.

“The longer the vaccine is unfair, the more likely it is that the virus will continue to circulate and change, the social and economic turmoil will continue for a long time, and more mutants will emerge that will reduce the effectiveness of the vaccine.”

‘miracle’

John Nkengasong, director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said at a news conference that just under 3.5 percent of the eligible African population has been fully vaccinated.

WHO hopes that by the end of the year 40% of all countries will be fully immunized and by mid-2022 70% of the world’s population will be fully immunized.

It requires countries to postpone the administration of additional booster shots until the end of December to allow more people to receive the first dose instead.

AU has set up the Covid-19 Vaccine Acquisition Task Team (AVAT) in Africa to purchase member state jabs in a scheme that runs in parallel with a donor-funded global Covax facility.

Mashiiwa said Africa has also established its own manufacturing capacity and called for a temporary waiver of the vaccine’s intellectual property rights in the public interest.

However, Zimbabwe’s telecommunications tycoon, who is negotiating with vaccine suppliers, said lifting export restrictions would remove the most pressing problem that would prevent Africa from quickly accessing higher doses. rice field.

“Obtaining these vaccines was a wonderful miracle, and now let’s make this miracle available to all humankind,” he said.

Covid-19: African countries want to buy vaccines instead of waiting for donations, AU says

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