Africa asks countries to donate surplus COVID vaccines




Africa is asking Western countries, which bought most of the coronavirus vaccines, to transfer the surplus of the drug to it.





Some countries have reserved a lot of COVID vaccines. Surplus drugs should be transferred to African countries experiencing a shortage of coronavirus vaccines. This was stated by the director of the African Union Centers for Disease Control and Prevention John Nkengasong, writes The Guardian.

“Some countries have (vaccines) Three, four, five times more than they need,” — said Nkengasong.

He believes countries with vaccine surpluses should help poor countries on the African continent. Nkengasong did not name states with large supplies of COVID-19 vaccines.

According to the director of the African Union Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the UN should address the issue of fair access and distribution to drugs at a special meeting.

The publication notes that nine out of ten residents of 70 poor countries are unlikely to receive a coronavirus vaccine in 2021 since most of the drugs have already been bought by Western countries.

We add that the UN Secretary-General complained about “vaccine nationalism”.



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TAGS: AFRICA, VACCINE, CORONAVIRUS

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