September 25, 2022

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The WHO reiterates that Africa needs more COV-19 vaccines

During his virtual speech at the event of the Association for the Preparation of Vaccines on the Continent, the Director General of the Institute of Health, Tetros Adanom Caprais, stressed that despite the persistence of inequality, there is still potential for SARS-CoV-2 corona virus. The current epidemic is spreading and changing in unexpected ways.

“More than 100 countries have not yet reached the 40 percent immunization target against COV-19, more than half of them, mainly in Africa, are at risk of losing it by the end of this year, mainly because they have no access to the immune system.”

He pointed out that 80 percent of the world’s vaccines are found in rich countries, while in low – income countries, most of Africa, only 0.6 percent of these products are available.

Faced with this situation, he hailed the African Pharmaceutical Agency agreement, which came into force a month ago, as “paving the way for improving the quality, safety, effectiveness, availability and affordability of drugs and vaccines across the continent”.

Caprais explained that Egypt, Morocco, Rwanda and Senegal have already signed MoUs to produce anti-Govt-19 vaccines in their countries and Algeria has started production.

“The WHO and its partners have established an mRNA technology transfer center in South Africa, driven product development on the continent, and in collaboration with the MasterCard Foundation, have developed an industry-based talent development program centered in Africa,” the manager said.

He thanked South Africa and Botswana for quickly detecting, sorting and reporting the new variant of the alleged corona virus, noting that the decision by some states to block direct flights from South Africa due to Omigran was disappointing.

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