The African Union (AU) has secured about 270 million COVID-19 vaccines to be distributed across the continent, AU head President Cyril Ramaphosa reveals.
H.E Cyril Ramaphosa disclosed that all the doses will be used in 2021 across the continent.
“As a result of our own efforts we have so far secured a commitment of a provisional amount of 270 million vaccines from three major suppliers: Pfizer, AstraZeneca (through Serum Institute of India) and Johnson & Johnson,” President Ramaphosa said.
He added that, “At least 50 million of the doses will be available “for the crucial period of April to June 2021”.
The move to secure the vaccines was praised by WHO Regional Director for Africa during an online media briefing on Thursday.
Dr. Matshidiso Moeti said, “Covax can only cover 20% of the African population, so it is really wonderful to see the African Union’s efforts to secure a provisional 270 million doses by the end of 2021…”