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Drugmakers should cut COVID-19 vaccine prices for - Africa CDC

African health officials are taking heart in vaccine progress, but concerns are growing that the continent of 1.3 billion people will be near the end of the line in obtaining doses

Official: Africa needs COVID-19 vaccine for 60% in 2-3 years

How to ensure Africa has access to COVID-19 vaccines

Africa is aiming to vaccinate up to 60% of its 1.3 billion people in the next two years, but may need several years of inoculations, John Nkengasong, director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) told reporters.

How frequently people will need vaccinations against COVID-19 remains uncertain, he said.

“Because of this, local manufacturing becomes imperative so that we can meet our goals,” he said.

Many African states are relying on COVAX, a global COVID-19 vaccine allocation plan co-led by the World Health Organization (WHO), which is working to lower prices for poor and middle income countries.

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COVID-19 Strategic Response Plan in the WHO African Region

Since the importation of the first case in the WHO African Region, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has spread to 46 of
the 47 countries in the African region and caused unprecedented societal and economic disruptions. Populations are being severely impacted with measures taken to curb the pandemic. These include closure of borders and schools; restriction of travel, trade and mass gatherings; reduction of economic productivity and public services among others. Therefore, causing hardships and socio-economic consequences.