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ACCELERATE ONLINE COVID VACCINE PRE-ORDERS, AU URGES MEMBERS

THE Africa Vaccine Acquisition TaskTeam [AVATT], set up by the African Union has called on member states to expedite the online pre-orders of vaccines from its headquarters.

This follows the Union’s acquisitions of additional vaccine doses so that Africa can attain a target immunization of 60 percent.

The AU has just received an offer of 300 million Sputnik V vaccines from the Russian Federation and allocation comes a financing package for any member states wishing to secure this vaccine.

Director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) Dr John Nkengasong said the AU is grateful to receive the Sputnik V vaccines from the Russian Federation and tremendously proud to be able to offer them on the AMSP for AU Member States.

“Bilateral and private sector partnerships such as these are critical in our efforts to bring the COVID-19 pandemic to an end,” he said.

AU member states that wish to secure funding should approach the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) through their Central Banks, as has been the case with the other vaccines that have been on offer.

The Board of Afreximbank, last week, approved the USD$2 billion Advance Purchase Commitment for the participating suppliers, allowing the finalization of supply contracts.

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