WHO roots for equitable access to COVID-19 vaccine in Africa

Nairobi, September 4 : The Globe Health Company (WHO) stated that donors & sector must allot enough resources to make sure that African nations have accessibility to a safe & efficacious COVID-19 vaccine.

Richard Mihigo, Programme Region Manager of Immunization & Vaccine Development (devt) of WHO, stated on Thu. that the needs & aspirations of African nations must be in the heart of the ongoing global measures to grow vaccines over the epidemic, Xinhua press agency recorded.

“Africa has frequently stopped up in the back seat of vaccine development (devt) however this mustn’t happen as the battle against COVID-19 epidemic arrives a crucial stage,” Mihigo stated throughout a virtual briefing in Nairobi.

“We should secure sufficient doses & give priority to the frontline health labour, the aged & citizens with underlying circumstances within the continent,” he added further.

The WHO officer said that all this 54 African nations have signed as many as COVAX, an initiative fronted by WHO in conjunction with the Vaccine Alliance (GAVI) & the Coalition for Pandemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) that aims to secure regarding 220 mln doses of COVID-19 vaccine for the continent.

Mitoha Ondo’ O Ayekaba, vice minister for Health & Social Welfare, Equatorial Guinea, stated that COVAX gives innovative financing options to make sure the COVID-19 vaccine is readily available in Africa.

“We believe that using this initiative we could enter successfully tested vaccines in a timely way & in a lower cost,” stated Ayekeba.

He stated that Equatorial Guinea is amongst 8 African nations that have accepted to self-finance their own COVID-19 doses within the COVAX Ability.

Richard Hatchett, CEO of CEPI, stated that 2 COVID-19 students, supported by COVAX initiative, are already undergoing clinical trials in South Africa, to support ascertain their own efficacy & safety.

“Checking vaccines on the continent assures that enough statistics is generated on the safety & efficacy of the most assuring vaccine students for the African public so they could be confidently rolled out in Africa once vaccines are sanctioned,” stated Hatchett.