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EU launches new €100m COVID-19 vaccine campaign in Africa

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THE European Union (EU) has launched a new €100 million humanitarian initiative in support of the COVID-19 vaccination campaigns in Africa.

  A statement released yesterday by the regional economic bloc said by joining forces with the Africa Centres for Disease Control (CDCs) and other international partners, European Commission aims to support a fast and safe rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in Africa. The €100 million initiative, according to a statement by the EU on Wednesday, is part of the European Commission’s efforts to ensure equitable and fair access to safe and effective vaccines to all.

  The statement said this EU initiative, with a steering role of the Africa CDC, will support two complementary dimensions of the vaccination campaigns in Africa:

  One track of indicative €25 million in funding will aim to support the rollout of the vaccination campaign in African countries. This will include the support of capacity building of national health authorities and health care workers as well as the support to managing the information and coordination platform on vaccination.

  Speaking after meeting with the Head of Africa CDC, Dr. John Nkengasong, the EU Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, said he was delighted with the union’s interest in boosting coronavirus vaccination campaign in Africa.

  “I am delighted to announce today the start of a new chapter in the EU’s partnership with the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. This additional EU funding in support of the rollout of vaccination campaigns against the coronavirus pandemic in Africa will help to ensure that no one is left behind, including people in hard-to-access humanitarian crisis settings. I look forward to an even closer cooperation with the Africa CDC in the future, to strengthen our readiness and efficient preparedness to respond together to the challenges of tomorrow,” he said.

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