The Access to Covid-19 Tools Accelerator initiative needs another US$ 23-billion to facilitate the global delivery of Covid-19 vaccines.
According to the WHO Director-General, Tedros Ghebreyesus there is a gap of US$ 16-billion that needs to be urgently filled to address the threat of Omicron and to slow down the emergence of new variants.
Ghebreyesus urged higher-income countries to do their part to fund this urgent shortfall.
President Cyril Ramaphosa says almost 2 years, after the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, millions of Africans have still not had access to at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.
Ramaphosa reiterated calls by Tedros Ghebreyesus that first-World nations should do more to address the global vaccine inequity.
He says although the ACT-A initiative has made a lot of progress, it will take a lot more to defeat the global pandemic.
Watch the full briefing here.
- Country’s response to Covid-19 pandemic influenced by high levels of immunity seen in the population.
- Stealth Omicron – the new mutant strain of Covid-19 – not yet of any concern.
- Valuable lessons learned during Covid-19 pandemic to better fight HIV and Aids.
The new @ACTAccelerator Financing Framework requires $23 billion to save lives, address the threat of Omicron & slow down new variants from emerging. There is an urgent gap of $16 billion for the ACT-A itself. We call on all higher-income countries to #ACTogether. pic.twitter.com/CpKKEr13Dx
— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) February 9, 2022