Initiative to strengthen vaccine research and development in Africa

Covid-19 has challenged the world to think broader on how to be better prepared for future pandemics to avoid similar devastation on economies, and all social aspects of life.


Africa, too, is not just sitting and watching as the dialogue on vaccine development on the continent to ensure equitable distribution heats up.


Questions are being asked everyday, what can African do to be better prepared for future pandemics?

With vaccine nationalisation starving off most African countries and other developing countries globally, home grown solutions are needed to ensure equity if herd immunity is to be achieved.


To address this, the Coalition for Dialogue on Africa (CoDA) has started a new initiative to strengthen vaccine research and development in Africa.


Speaking to journalists at a media briefing here today, ahead of the launch of the CoDA Independent Task Team on Equitable and Universal Access to Vaccines and Vaccination in Africa on Monday, Executive Director of CoDA, Ms Souad Aden Osman, said there is need for Africa to localise its solutions.

“We have been hit by an unprecedented scourge, Covid- 19, which has crippled the world, but we are coming out as if we were the worst unprepared continent,” she pointed out.


The task team will be launched at Igbinedion University Teaching Hospital, Okada, Nigeria.


She said the initiative, will support the African Union in its efforts to enable participation of the African private sector, the civil society and other stakeholders in vaccine research and development using established African Union policy instruments.


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