270 million vaccine doses have been secured for African countries.
The presidency confirmed this in a statement on Africa centres for disease control and prevention securing the first tranche of Coronavirus Covid-19 vaccines.
The African Vaccine Acquisition Task Team (AVATT), set up by African Union Chair President Cyril Ramaphosa in August 2020, announced the acquisition to a special meeting of the AU Bureau of the Assembly.
AVATT added that at least 50 million doses will be available for the crucial period of April to June 2021.
According to the presidency, the vaccines will be supplied by Pfizer, AstraZeneca (through an independent licensee, Serum Institute of India) and Johnson & Johnson.
“These efforts complement the COVAX facility, a World Health Organisation and Gavi Vaccine Alliance initiative to help low-and middle-income countries secure access to vaccines on a fair and equitable basis.”
Afreximbank will support member states that want to access the vaccines based on a whole-of-Africa approach.
“Afreximbank will, upon receipt of firm orders from member states, provide advance procurement commitment guarantees of up to US$2 billion to the manufacturers on behalf of member stat