Addis Ababa — The African Union (AU), by way of the Africa Centres for Illness Management and Prevention (Africa CDC), has labored with the African Vaccine Acquisition Belief (AVAT) to safe 12,000 doses of the Johnson and Johnson single-shot COVID-19 vaccine for the African Union Fee (AUC) employees, AU Embassies’ employees and their dependents.
The vaccines had been handed over to the African Union’s Medical Well being Companies Directorate (MHSD) at the moment. They arrived on the first of September.
The vaccines, partly manufactured in South Africa, had been imported with the assist of the federal government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. Having the ability to provide vaccines to all AUC and AU Embassy employees and their dependents can also be an necessary step in securing the AU’s enterprise continuity.
The AU MHSD is liable for administering the vaccines to the AUC and African Union Embassy employees and dependents. Vaccination for AU employees members began instantly after the handover, following prior communication on the procedures and logistics by MHSD.
African Union Fee Deputy Chairperson Dr Monique Nsanzabaganwa famous that, up to now, solely 25.5% of the AU Fee and the group of the AU member states based mostly in Addis Ababa are absolutely vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19.
“This determine is way under the place we must be, in an effort to be close to normalcy and return to work. It’s subsequently pertinent that every one employees and supervisors ought to encourage colleagues to get vaccinated as that is the one means for us to return to our earlier working surroundings”, she mentioned.
Africa CDC Director Dr John Nkengasong welcomed the arrival of the vaccines: “Solely excessive vaccination ranges will permit us to return to work and close to normalcy. We’re glad to have the ability to provide the single-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine, with its observe file of security and efficacy, to the Fee and Embassy employees and their dependents.”
AU Particular Envoy and AVAT coordinator Mr Try Masiyiwa mentioned: “We’re happy that now we have been in a position to safe these vaccines which had been paid for by way of donors by way of the African Vaccine Acquisition Belief.” Mr Masiyiwa additionally confirmed that Ethiopia had positioned a big order of the Johnson and Johnson vaccines for its residents by way of the AVAT, the primary month-to-month cargo arriving throughout the identical time.
The African Vaccine Acquisition Belief (AVAT) is a particular function automobile, included in Mauritius. AVAT acts as a centralised buying agent on behalf of the African Union (AU)
Member States, to safe the mandatory vaccines and blended financing sources for attaining Africa’s COVID-19 vaccination technique which targets vaccinating a minimal of 60% of Africa’s inhabitants based mostly on a whole-of-Africa method. AVAT was established by the COVID-19 African Vaccine Acquisition Activity Staff, which was arrange in November 2020 by President Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Africa, in his capability as Chairperson of the African Union (AU), as a assist element to the COVID-19 Immunisation Technique that was endorsed by the AU Bureau of Heads of State and Authorities in August 2020. AVAT’s predominant accomplice establishments are the African Union’s Africa Centres for Illness Management and Prevention (Africa CDC), the African Export-Import Financial institution (Afreximbank) and the United Nations Financial Fee for Africa (ECA).
About Africa CDC
Africa CDC is a specialised technical establishment of the African Union that strengthens the capability and functionality of Africa’s public well being establishments in addition to partnerships to detect and reply rapidly and successfully to illness threats and outbreaks, based mostly on data-driven interventions and programmes. Be taught extra at: www.africacdc.org
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