The African Union (AU)has said it has secured nearly 300 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines for distribution to its member states. Dr Nicaise Ndembi, the Senior Science Adviser for the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed this on Wednesday, saying that the vaccines have been secured independently of the COVAX global effort to be distributed to low-income countries.
“We have reached the final stage of our deals. We plan to have these by the end of the first quarter of 2021. We are expecting 600 million doses from the COVAX facility, but African officials are still waiting on the details, so we’re happy we have alternative solutions,” the Senior Adviser said.
He added that the doses of the vaccine would be allocated on the AU platform for easier purchase by member nations, noting that African countries are recording an increase in cases of new COVID-19 infections.