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African Union secures 270 million extra Covid vaccine doses for the continent

January 14, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Volunteer Thabisle Khlatshwayo, who received her first shot for a COVID-19 vaccine trial, receives her second shot at a vaccine trial facility set at Soweto's Chris Sani Baragwanath Hospital outside Johannesburg, South Africa, Monday Nov. 30, 2020. Over 2000 South African volunteers are on AstraZeneca's experimental coronavirus vaccine trial. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

The African Union has secured an additional 270 million Covid vaccines doses for African countries, with at least 50 million available from April to June 2021, but it still may not be enough to meet demand for the region.

Johannesburg (CNN)The African Union has secured an additional 270 million Covid vaccines doses for African countries, but it still may not be enough to meet demand for the region, the African Vaccine Acquisition Task Team (AVATT) announced Wednesday.

All 270 million vaccine doses will be made available this year with at least 50 million being available for the crucial period of April to June 2021. "

The WHO Regional Director for Africa praised the move during an online media briefing on Thursday. "Covax can only cover 20% of the African population, so it is really wonderful to see the African Union's efforts to secure a provisional 270 million doses by the end of 2021. . . " said Dr. Matshidiso Moeti.

The African Export--Import Bank will support the strategy by providing advancements of up to $2 billion to the manufacturers on behalf of member states, South Africa Presidency said in a statement on Wednesday.

AVATT was formed in August to ensure the continent could secure enough vaccine doses to achieve herd immunity.

The People's Vaccine Alliance, an international vaccine watchdog that includes Amnesty International and Oxfam, said in December that rich countries had bought enough Covid-19 vaccine doses to immunize their populations three times over.

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