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We’ll Support All African Nations To Access Coronavirus Vaccines ASAP – WHO

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The World Health Organization, WHO has come out to say that no African country has been banned from accessing COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX facility.

Its Country Representative in Nigeria, Dr Walter Kazadi Mulomboo recently revealed this via a statement, and Nigerians have been reacting.

According to him, reports saying some nations have been banned are false, and WHO is even currently supporting all countries to access vaccines as quickly as possible.

He added that all countries on the continent are currently expected to start accessing the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccines by the end of February.

His words, “Demand for the initial allocation of 1.2 million Pfizer doses was exceptionally high.”

“COVAX received interest from 72 countries around the world, of which 51 countries were considered by the review committee as “ready” (Nigeria was among these countries) and 18 countries in total were finally chosen to receive initial Pfizer doses.”

“On the Africa continent, as of the 18 January deadline, COVAX received 13 submissions and a multi-agency committee evaluated the proposals of which 9 were recommended as ready to deploy the Pfizer vaccine including Nigeria.”

“Unfortunately, it was not feasible to provide each of these 51 countries with Pfizer doses, due to a number of factors including the limited capacity for Pfizer to handle many countries at once.”

“Therefore, spreading the limited doses across all the 51 countries deemed ‘ready’ could have not achieved the intended public health benefit.”

“After epidemiological data was taken into account, the decision was taken to proportionally balance the number of self-financing and AMC Participants, as well as Participants across all 6 WHO regions.”

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