Covid treatment and testing kits to be manufactured in Africa?
Multi-Guinness world record holder, Prof Chris Imafidon, chair, ExcellenceInEducation.org.uk which works in Commonwealth & African nations, calls for speedy approval of the manufacture of covid treatment in Africa & condemns vaccine nationalism.
By: Hannah Rivers, MA (Oxon)
Currently, poorer countries have been hit with higher price tag for Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine. For example Bangladesh, South Africa and Uganda are paying more for the vaccine than the rich EU.
According to a leading engineering medical scientist, "This call represents a great opportunity to save African lives and avoid the economic disaster suffered Indians and other parts of the world. We must do all we can to save Africans particularly the highly vulnerable groups including the elderly and rural dwellers".
Multi-Guinness world record holder, Professor Chris Imafidon, who chairs, ExcellenceInEducation.org.uk programme which works in commonwealth countries and African nations, and has advised countries on testing and treatment for covid19 said "Developing countries have found themselves in double jeopardy as they attempt to acquire coronavirus testing, or treatment modalities. It is sad that not only are they having a hard time securing treatment and prophylaxis, affluent countries snap up everything, making poorer nations to paying more for the same items. We must all prevent this ugly situation!"
It will be recalled that some Africa countries are already making animal vaccines in some African countries. For example Yellow fever vaccines are in production in Senegal.
The Group of Seven (G7), at the G7 Summit in Cornwall, recently committed to immediately share at least 870 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines, supporting global access and helping to end the acute phase of the pandemic. This is only a promise and innocent lives will be lost before African nations see this promise materialize.
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Hannah Rivers, MA (Oxon)