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.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged First World countries to do more to help address vaccine inequity.

During the Covid-19 World Summit last week, Ramaphosa urged developed countries to assist developing countries to produce their own vaccines.

He says although African countries are grateful for the millions of doses of covid-19 vaccines, donated to them, more needs to be done to immediately increase access to the vaccines.

He says sharing vaccine knowledge and technology is one of the easiest ways to address vaccine inequity.

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WHO Director for Africa, r. Matshidiso Moeti says countries that have started administering booster-shots of the Covid-19 vaccine, are making a mockery of vaccine equity.

Moeti criticized first-world countries for, instead of donating their excess doses of vaccines to poor countries, inoculating their citizens with their third and sometimes fourth dose.

She says it is unacceptable that only 2% of Africa’s total population have been vaccinated, while young people in Europaen countries are now getting vaccinated.

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Exporting millions of doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine from South Africa, adds to vaccine-colonialism.

This, according to a consortium of civil society and health organisations which this week reacted to a New York Times report that millions of doses of the J&J vaccine, produced in the Eastern Cape, are being exported to other parts of the World.

It is not only South Africa that is pulling at the short end of the agreement with Johnson and Johnson but also other African countries.

Professor Matthew Kavanaugh, of the Georgetown University in the USA, says the whole incident is a repeat of history, where European countries and companies put their own people first.

Kavanaugh says if this continues happening, vaccine inequity would continue occurring.

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The World Health Organization has called for an international Pandemic Treaty – to be signed by all its member states – to ensure that future pandemics are better planned for and dealt with.

During its 74th annual World Health Assembly, the WHO Director General, Tedros Ghebreyesus said the lack of sharing of information, resources and vaccines has been the driving force behind the renewed spike in Covid-19 infections seen around the World.

Ghebreyesus urged countries to agree to and sign up for such an agreement as soon as possible, to ensure that there is more solidarity and co-operation in fighting future pandemics.

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