Africa secures close to 300 million Covid vaccine doses

Modesto Morganelli
Января 13, 2021

The Associated Press is quoting an adviser for the Africa Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as saying the African Union has secured close to 300 million Covid-19 vaccine doses.

The vaccine doses are being secured independently of the global Covax effort, he added.

"We have reached the final stage of our deals", he said, referring questions about who will be providing the vaccines and at what cost to the upcoming announcement.

Australia's New South Wales (NSW) state recorded three new coronavirus cases on Sunday as a three-week lockdown for about quarter million of people in Sydney's northern beaches suburbs eased.

Statistics from the World Health Organisation indicate that Africa has confirmed more than 3 million cases since the start of the pandemic, with more than 1.2 million in South Africa.

"We're expecting 600 million doses from the COVAX facility", he said, but African officials are still waiting on the details, so "we're happy we have alternative solutions".

The continent is estimated to have over 1.2 billion people.

According to the Africa CDC, some 1.5 billion doses are needed to ensure that 60 per cent of the continent is vaccinated from the viral virus. It estimates the effort will cost around Dollars 10 billion.

The WHO has said that while the South African variant shares the 501Y mutation with a strain spreading in Britain which has also been detected in Germany, the two are distinct.

South Africa announced last week that it will get the first one million vaccine doses from the Serum Institute of India (SII) in January and an additional 500,000 doses in February.

Reports indicate that Africa has scrambled on multiple fronts to obtain vaccine supplies. Ramaphosa said the African Vaccine Acquisition Task Team recently created under the AU "has done tremendous work to secure vaccine doses" through what he called intensive engagement with manufacturers.

The South African variant has also been detected in Britain, Finland, France and Israel.

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