The health security of the African continent now and in the future depends on vaccines against COVID-19, which are produced in Africa for the inhabitants of the continent.
This message was made by President Cyril Ramaphosa at the second summit of the virtual White House on COVID-19, jointly organized by the United States, Germany, Belize, Senegal and Indonesia – countries currently chairing various regional and geopolitical blocs, including the African Union and G20.
Speech by President Ramaphosa at the summit:
The U.S. president opened the summit just as his country reached the tragic milestone of a million pandemic-related deaths, while promising to share critical health technologies COVID-19 through the World Health Organization.
US President Biden opens COVID-19 summit:
This is the second COVID-19 summit organized by the White House as the next since the inauguration event last September – in an attempt to keep the momentum in control of the pandemic.
US President Joe Biden says: “Today we are at a new stage in the fight against this pandemic, facing many emerging challenges. We need to redouble our efforts to make shots in people’s arms. “
The White House says the summit will redouble efforts to:
* The intensity of the pandemic response in the world, including the provision of new resources
* Vaccination of the world as the most important means of saving lives
* Protect the most vulnerable with a focus on vaccines, tests and treatment of those most at risk, including workers at the forefront and,
* Prevent future disasters by investing now to secure political commitments to prepare for a pandemic worldwide.
“Today, I announce that the United States will share critical COVID-19 technologies through the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Technology Access pool. We make available medical technologies owned by the United States government, including stabilized adhesion protein, which is used in many COVID-19 vaccines. We have set up a new pilot program in collaboration with the Global Fund to increase access to rapid testing and antiviral treatment for people in hard-to-reach areas, and we are increasing our support for a new pandemic preparedness and global health fund to be set up at the World Bank this summer millions of dollars of initial funding, ”Biden adds.
Self-sufficiency of the African vaccine
President Ramaphosa – also as South Africa as the AU champion in COVID-19 – called for vigilance, but warned that Africa’s progress towards vaccine self-sufficiency, including investment in a vaccine production center, could be threatened.
“This progress can be reversed because international agencies that have donated a lot of money to buy and buy vaccines for developing economies do not buy vaccines from African vaccine manufacturers, even for those vaccines that are designed for African countries. This immediately simply devalues the whole process of local production and local production of vaccines. That, ladies and gentlemen, must change. Multilateral agencies as well as charities must procure vaccines and boosters from African vaccine manufacturers to ensure that the potential for development on the continent is maintained. ”
He called for the purchase of vaccines for Africans on African soil – this view was supported by the President of the AU and the President of Senegal Mackie Sal.
“Africa wants locally produced vaccines to have access to marketing and distribution platforms such as GAVI. This is what will make local vaccine production sustainable. We held a meeting on the subject on May 10, two days ago, to advocate for the purchase of vaccines produced on the continent. We are in favor of creating a more inclusive new world order for public health, more inclusive, to better address cross-border health issues. ”
The WHO said at the summit that COVID-19 cases are increasing in 70 countries, while testing is declining, making the world blind to the evolution of the pandemic, while a funding gap of $ 15 billion is currently facing the ACT Accelerator – the world’s most complete ultimate path. -the final solution to end the acute phase of the pandemic.
The White House has also asked Congress for 22.5 billion in new funding to fight the pandemic – including $ 5 billion for the global response.