This adds to the 270 million doses that the entity had previously secured from AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson, which according to a statement released on Friday are all booked to be taken by countries in the first allocation phase through the online pre-ordering African Medical Supplies Platform (AMSP).
This revelation was made at a teleconference meeting convened Tuesday evening following an announcement by global pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTec that their vaccine candidate was showing 90 per cent efficacy.
“As COVID-19 cases rise in Africa, the impact on nutrition and food systems cannot be denied. The threat of this new virus requires us to adopt new ways of looking and overcoming malnutrition,” said former President of Ghana John Kufuor, an ALN founding member and Nutrition Champion.
Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Regional Director for Africa who attended the meeting said only 66 per cent of the countries have strengthened their capacity to investigate alerts and have improved infection prevention in health facilities and in the community.
When contacted for a comment, the President of the African Court on Human and People’s Rights Justice Sylvain Ore defended the organizational challenge the dialogue faced on the first day of the Conference saying all will be fine on the second day.
He said that nature is oppressing mankind in terms of floods, droughts, earthquakes and diseases. According to Museveni, these issues should be at the heart of man’s priorities as opposed to Human Rights Violations manifested through colonialism, dictatorship, slave trade and other forms of violations.