AU secures 270 million COVID-19 doses for Africa

In a deal that will benefit nations unable to finance their own immunization campaigns across the African continent, the African Union (AU) on January 13 said that it has secured 270 million doses of anti-COVID vaccines for such nations in the continent.

South African President and AU chair Cyril Ramaphosa, in a special African Union meeting on January 13 said, “From the onset of this pandemic, our focus as a continent has been on collaboration and collective effort. We have held steadfastly to the principle that no country should be left behind.” He who established the African Vaccine Acquisition Task Team (AVATT) gave further details about the doses it had secured.

The development comes at a time when the continent is reporting a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases, in parts of continent, especially South Africa where a new variant spreading rapidly makes up the new cases.

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