The Africa Vaccine Procurement Task Force [AVATT], created by the African Union to procure additional doses of vaccines so that Africa can reach a 60% immunization target, is pleased to report that it has received an offer of 300 million Sputnik V vaccines from the Russian Federation. This includes a funding package for any member state wishing to obtain this vaccine.
Meanwhile, AVATT advises that the 270 million doses previously obtained from AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnsons were accepted before the deadline for the first phase of allocation through the African Medical Supply Platform (AMSP). With these additional 300 million Sputnik V vaccines, AMSP accelerates pre-orders of COVID-19 vaccines online for the 55 African Union member states.
“We are grateful to receive Sputnik V vaccines from the Russian Federation and tremendously proud to be able to offer them at AMSP for our AU member states,” says Dr. John Nkengasong, Director of the Africa Centers for Control and Disease Prevention (Africa CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION). “Bilateral and private sector partnerships like these are critical in our efforts to end the COVID-19 pandemic.”
While details, including clinical and technical information, can now be accessed on the Africa Medical Supplies Platform (AMSP), Sputnik V vaccines will be available for a 12-month period starting in May 2021. Starting Today, the 55 member states of the African Union are all invited to visit www.AMSP.africa and use their national access code, issued to all Ministers of Finance and Health of the member states of the African Union, to start the reservation process.
African Union member states wishing to obtain financing should contact the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) through their Central Banks, as has been the case with the other vaccines that have been offered. The Board of Afreximbank, last week, approved the Advance Purchase Commitment for USD $ 2 billion for participating suppliers, which allows the completion of supply contracts.
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