Dakar, June 8 (APS) – The Mastercard Foundation and the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) announced on Tuesday the establishment of a $ 1.3 billion partnership to expand the access to COVID-19 vaccines on the African continent.
The announcement was made by the Executive Director of the Mastercard Foundation Reeta Roy, during a virtual ceremony with the participation of the President of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat.
Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, President of the Democratic Republic of Congo and President of the African Union and his counterparts from Rwanda, Paul Kagamé, National Champion for health financing of the AU and the Republic of South Africa, Cyril Matamela Ramaphosa, President, AU Champion COVID-19, also took part in this meeting.
According to Reeta Roy, this partnership between Mastercard and Africa CDC is “courageous”, adding that it will help buy and distribute vaccines to 50 million people over the next three years.
It will also help lay the groundwork for vaccine manufacturing on the continent by focusing on developing human capital, supporting vaccine delivery across Africa and strengthening CDC Africa, said the chief executive of the Mastercard Foundation.
“There is an urgent need to ensure equitable access and delivery of vaccines throughout Africa. This initiative aims to enhance all lives and accelerate the continent’s economic recovery,” she said.
The president of the Commission of the African Union deplored for his part the situation of the continent in terms of vaccination.
“Today a new page has opened on the continent (…), less than 2% of Africans have received a dose of vaccine, which is worrying and very far from the objective, so the Mastercard partnership is timely appointed “, welcomed Moussa Faki Mahamat.
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