The United States’ donation of COVID vaccines to Africa is a cause for celebration, according to Africa’s CDC director.
According to the Associated Press, the Biden administration’s commitment to distribute Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations to poorer countries was “obviously a cause for jubilation” by the director of Africa’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Absolutely, that will be a great help,” said Dr. John Nkengasong, who is eager to have a specific timeframe for when the shots would arrive.
According to the White House, 200 million pills will be donated this year, with the remaining doses being distributed in the first half of 2022.
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To deliver the shots, the US will work with the UN-backed COVAX alliance. Some have pointed out that because the Pfizer vaccinations require extremely cold storage, they provide an additional logistical hurdle for nations with underdeveloped health systems and infrastructure.
In a speech on the eve of the Group of Seven summit in Britain, US President Joe Biden is likely to discuss the concept.
That summit might also reveal if and how far other members of the wealthy club are ready to follow the United States on vaccine distribution, despite widespread criticism that richer countries have fallen well short of lofty pledges of fairness when the vaccinations were produced.
In recent months, global vaccine supply inequities have become dangerously obvious, as richer countries hurried to vaccinate large sections of their people while poorer countries battled to get doses. The disparity isn’t just about fairness: there’s growing concern about additional virus types arising from locations where COVID-19 is regularly high.
Although his own government has yet to declare any definite plan to share vaccines with countries in need, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote in The Times of London that it was now time for wealthier countries to “carry their obligations” and “vaccinate the world.”
Since last year, France has emphasized the significance of assisting Africa, particularly with vaccines, and President Emmanuel Macron said he carried 100,000 vaccine doses to Rwanda last month. By the end of the year, Macron has vowed that France will provide 30 million medicines through COVAX, with half a million by mid-June.
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