The COVID-19 African Vaccine Acquisition Task Team will ensure that “Africa does not get left behind as the world comes under pressure to attain population immunity against COVID-19.”
So says South African Health minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize.
The minister said the African Union (AU) has secured one billion does of COVID-19 vaccines for the continent. He added that the distribution of the AstraZeneca vaccine that South Africa sold to fellow African countries is underway.
Earlier this month, South Africa concluded the sale of one million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to other African countries after scientists found that the vaccine was ineffective on the 501Y.V2 COVID-19 variant dominant in the country.
Mkhize said the AstraZeneca vaccine has been dispatched to Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Guinea, Togo, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, Liberia, Mauritania, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Malawi, South Sudan, Comoros, Egypt, Seychelles, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
The minister thanked the AU for distributing the vaccines.
“We applaud the AU for undertaking the task of redistributing the vaccines to the receiving member states.
“As government, we are pleased to see a successful conclusion of this matter. The disposal of the vaccines has ensured a win-win solution for all. Through the sale, South Africa will not incur fruitless and wasteful expenditure," said Mkhize.