End Vaccine Injustice in Africa

Leaders should urgently work together to:

No stockpiling of vaccines in rich countries before people in Africa and other parts of the world have also been vaccinated. There are more than a billion vaccines that are either stored already or are on order for delivery to Europe and the US, which already have high vaccination rates, that if transferred to Africa and other low-income countries, could save thousands of lives. Both vaccine manufacturers and countries with vaccine stockpiles should prioritize and accelerate dose donations to COVAX, and recommit their support to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines in all countries.

There should be no large-scale rollout of booster shots until supply has reached the African continent because that is the most effective way to save the most lives. In line with the World Health Organization’s call for a moratorium on COVID-19 vaccine boosters, high-income countries should refrain from giving out booster doses and instead share vaccine supplies with African countries to enable the world’s most vulnerable people to be vaccinated.

Some countries have started sharing vaccines but this needs to be both increased and accelerated. The WHO put forward goals of at least 10% of people vaccinated in every country by the end of September, 40% by the end of the year and 70% by the middle of next year. These targets are eminently feasible if leaders work to reach those that are currently unvaccinated.

Share licenses, technology and know-how and waive IP for COVID-19 health technologies globally: In the midst of this global crisis,  it is unfathomable that pharmaceutical groups have not done more to share the tools that would boost manufacturing for Africa. It is promising to see the first WHO mRNA technology transfer hub being developed in South Africa, but this is not nearly enough. Providing essential staff, know-how and technical requirements would vastly speed up domestic production processes and save lives.

Learning from this pandemic, Africa must never again find itself in a position where it is so reliant on other countries for lifesaving medical supplies. From personal protective equipment (PPE) for health workers, to research and development and local manufacturing of diagnostics, treatments and vaccines, the African continent must do everything possible, including ratification by ALL African Union Member States of the African Medicines Agency, and aim to be fully self-reliant in the near future.

End stockpiles

No stockpiling of vaccines in rich countries before people in Africa and other parts of the world have also been vaccinated. There are more than a billion vaccines that are either stored already or are on order for delivery to Europe and the US, which already have high vaccination rates, that if transferred to Africa and other low-income countries, could save thousands of lives. Both vaccine manufacturers and countries with vaccine stockpiles should prioritize and accelerate dose donations to COVAX, and recommit their support to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines in all countries.

Limit boosters

There should be no large-scale rollout of booster shots until supply has reached the African continent because that is the most effective way to save the most lives. In line with the World Health Organization’s call for a moratorium on COVID-19 vaccine boosters, high-income countries should refrain from giving out booster doses and instead share vaccine supplies with African countries to enable the world’s most vulnerable people to be vaccinated.

Share more and faster

Some countries have started sharing vaccines but this needs to be both increased and accelerated. The WHO put forward goals of at least 10% of people vaccinated in every country by the end of September, 40% by the end of the year and 70% by the middle of next year. These targets are eminently feasible if leaders work to reach those that are currently unvaccinated.

Share licenses & tech

Share licenses, technology and know-how and waive IP for COVID-19 health technologies globally: In the midst of this global crisis, it is unfathomable that pharmaceutical groups have not done more to share the tools that would boost manufacturing for Africa. It is promising to see the first WHO mRNA technology transfer hub being developed in South Africa, but this is not nearly enough. Providing essential staff, know-how and technical requirements would vastly speed up domestic production processes and save lives.

Never again

Learning from this pandemic, Africa must never again find itself in a position where it is so reliant on other countries for lifesaving medical supplies. From personal protective equipment (PPE) for health workers, to research and development and local manufacturing of diagnostics, treatments and vaccines, the African continent must do everything possible, including ratification by ALL African Union Member States of the African Medicines Agency, and aim to be fully self-reliant in the near future.

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If we don’t end vaccine injustice, Africa will be the last home of the COVID pandemic, bear the long term social and economic burden, become a breeding ground for new variants and no one will be safe until everyone is safe!

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