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AU distributes 400m COVID-19 vaccine doses to member states : TV360 Nigeria

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The African Union says it has begun its monthly shipments of COVID-19 vaccines acquired by the AU/African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT) to its member states.

South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.

Ramaphosa said the development is a significant milestone in the COVID response on the continent.

“By working together and by pooling resources, African countries have been able to secure millions of vaccine doses produced right here in Africa,” he said.

“This will provide impetus to the fight against COVID-19 across the continent and will lay the basis for Africa’s social and economic recovery .”

“It also marks the first time that the AU member states have collectively purchased vaccines to safeguard the health of the African population, 400 million vaccines are sufficient to immunise a third of the African people and bring Africa halfway toward its continental goal of vaccinating at least, 60 per cent of the population.”

AVAT, an initiative of AU member states to pool their purchasing power, on March 28, signed the historic agreement for purchase of 220 million doses of the Johnson and Johnson (J&J) single-shot COVID-19 vaccine.

It also has the potential to order an additional 180 million doses.

 



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