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Africa: AMSP Begins Coronavirus Vaccine Pre-Orders For AU Member States

The Africa Medical Supplies Platform (AMSP), on behalf of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), on Tuesday, commenced the COVID-19 vaccines pre-order programme for all African Union Member States.

This follows the announcement by the African Union (AU) Chairperson, President Cyril Ramaphosa last week, that the AU has secured a provisional 270 million COVID-19 vaccine doses for Africa through its COVID-19 African Vaccine Acquisition Task Team (AVATT).

In the statement by Africa CDC, the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) will facilitate payments by providing advance procurement commitment guarantees of up to US$2 billion to the manufacturers on behalf of the member States.

While AVATT has secured a provisional 270 million COVID-19 vaccines doses from Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca, AMSP, the single-source platform enabling faster, more transparent and cost-effective access to COVID-19 supplies, opened pre-orders on Tuesday, offering equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines doses for the 55 Member States.

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AU Special Envoy Strive Masiyiwa says, “These are historical times. For the first time in history, Africa has secured access to millions of vaccine doses in the middle of a pandemic as most of the Western countries. There is still a huge shortage of vaccine doses and that is why this continental collaboration has designed a fair allocation coupled with timely and equitable access of COVID-19 vaccines across the continent.”

VACCINES SECURED BY THE AU TO BE ALLOCATED ACCORDING TO POPULATION SIZE:
Last week, Ramaphosa said that the millions of coronavirus vaccine doses secured by the African Union will be allocated according to countries’ population size.

No African countries have begun large-scale coronavirus vaccination campaigns and the AU’s 270 million shots, if administered two per person, would still only cover around 10% of the continent’s 1.3 billion people.

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