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Mastercard Foundation and Africa CDC’s Saving Lives and Livelihoods Initiative Deliver First Tranche of Over 15 Million Vaccines

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Mastercard Foundation and Africa CDC’s Saving Lives and Livelihoods Initiative Deliver First Tranche of Over 15 Million Vaccines

We are steadily gaining momentum in the continental vaccination effort

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, November 25, 2021 / APO Group / –

The Mastercard Foundation (www.MastercardFdn.org) and Africa CDC jointly announced that 15.2 million vaccines purchased under the Saving Lives and Livelihoods initiative are currently being distributed in Africa. Through Saving Lives and Livelihoods, the Mastercard Foundation is purchasing vaccines for more than 65 million people. This is the first tranche of vaccines to be delivered under the initiative. The vaccines will be distributed within the countries by UNICEF.

Mastercard Foundation and Africa CDC’s Saving Lives and Livelihoods Initiative Deliver First Tranche of Over 15 Million Vaccines

Launched in June 2021, Saving Lives and Livelihoods is now a $ 1.5 billion partnership that aims to enable vaccination for millions of people, develop a vaccine manufacturing workforce, and strengthen CDC Africa’s capacity to oversee a historic vaccination campaign and respond effectively to future outbreaks. .

“The timely delivery of these vaccines underscores the effectiveness of the African Vaccine Acquisition Fund. Working with CDC Africa and multiple organizations, the Mastercard Foundation will support the implementation of vaccines for millions of people across the continent. Much remains to be done to urgently increase vaccination rates. We call on governments, donors, civil society and others to step forward to save lives and livelihoods in Africa, ”said Reeta Roy, President and CEO of the Mastercard Foundation.

Mastercard Foundation and Africa CDC’s Saving Lives and Livelihoods Initiative Deliver First Tranche of Over 15 Million Vaccines

“We are steadily gaining momentum in the continental vaccination effort. In September, the first tranche of vaccines purchased by AVAT began to be distributed in 39 countries. We are now announcing the delivery of vaccines purchased through the Save Lives and Livelihoods initiative. And we are working hard on the ground to achieve gun strikes, which is the ultimate measure of success, ”said Dr. John Nkengasong, CDC Africa Director.

The vaccines purchased under Saving Lives and Livelihoods are based on a landmark agreement (https://bit.ly/2ZlhKhZ) negotiated by the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT) earlier this year for the purchase of 400 million vaccines. Johnson & Johnson, as well as a more recent agreement (https://bit.ly/30ZIsNv) to purchase 50 million Moderna vaccines. The Mastercard Foundation will fund the purchase of 57 million Johnson & Johnson vaccines and seeks to purchase approximately 17 million Moderna vaccines. The AVAT mechanism was created to allow African countries to pool resources to directly purchase vaccines at reduced prices that are made possible by volume orders.

“Through AVAT, we have secured enough vaccines to vaccinate 450 million people by September 2022. In this regard, Africa has kept its end of the bargain. So far, the Mastercard Foundation is the only foundation that has stepped forward to support Africa in this work. They are covering the entire AVAT shipment in November, and we remain grateful for your support. We hope that other foundations and corporations will support local and national vaccine delivery, ”said Strive Masiyiwa, Special Envoy of the African Union.

Mastercard Foundation and Africa CDC’s Saving Lives and Livelihoods Initiative Deliver First Tranche of Over 15 Million Vaccines

“This is a remarkable collaborative effort through AVAT, in which Afreximbank is proud to have played our role. The agreement for the supply and distribution of vaccines was set up on the basis of a US $ 2 billion guarantee issued by Afreximbank to vaccine manufacturers. with the support of partners. Through these combined efforts, the reopening of trade across the continent will accelerate, ”said Professor Benedict Oramah, President of Afreximbank.

“AVAT vaccines, manufactured in part in South Africa, are a true testament that local production and joint procurement as envisioned in the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) are key to achieving a more sustainable post-COVID economic recovery. across the continent, ”said Dr. Vera Songwe, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and United Nations Economic Executive Secretary for Africa (UNECA).

Vaccine deployment under the Save Lives and Livelihoods initiative will be handled by UNICEF, which oversees the delivery of vaccines for the overall AVAT effort. UNICEF has extensive experience in vaccine provision and a strong and well-established relationship with African countries. UNICEF is also supporting vaccine procurement for the Save Lives and Livelihoods initiative and the broader AVAT vaccine purchase effort.

Mastercard Foundation and Africa CDC’s Saving Lives and Livelihoods Initiative Deliver First Tranche of Over 15 Million Vaccines

“UNICEF is proud to continue to support AVAT and Africa CDC to help vaccinate the millions of people in Africa who have been left behind,” said Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director. “With our long history of purchasing and distributing vaccines around the world, we are committed to helping reduce vaccine inequity and keep people safe.”

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