Nigerian hurdler, Tobi Amusan, set a new African record in the heat three of the 100m women’s hurdles at the ongoing World Athletics Championships in Oregon, USA to qualify for the semi-finals.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the record sees the 25-year old lead the semi-final race which is expected to take place in the early hours of Monday.
Amusan, who previously held a personal best and African record of 12.41 seconds in June, surpassed her previous feat on Saturday as she ran a new record heat time ever at a global championship, finishing her race with a time of 12.40 seconds.
The UTEP alumnus, who missed out on the podium in Tokyo 2021, has now broken the African record three times in ten months (12.42 seconds in Zurich, 12.41 seconds in Paris and 12.40secs in Eugene).
The Nigerian hurdler finished ahead of Jamaica’s Danielle Williams (12.87 seconds), Ireland’s Sarah Lavin (12.99 seconds) and Australia’s Celeste Mucci (13.01 seconds).
In the semi-finals, the reigning African Games and African Championships will be up against US’s Alia Armstrong who recorded a time of 12.48 seconds.
Also in the semi-finals are Puerto Rico’s Jasmine Camacho-Quinn with a time of 12.52 seconds and Jamaica’s Brittany Anderson who finished first with a time of 12.59 seconds in heat one.
Amusan, who finished fourth three years ago at the World Championship in Doha, is seeking to become the second Nigerian sprint hurdler to win a medal at the championships after Glory Alozie, who won a silver medal in Seville, Spain in 1999.
This time around, Amusan will feel that she can finally win a medal, buoyed by this recent achievements.
Also on Saturday, the quartet of Joy Udo-Gabriel, Favour Ofili, Rosemary Chukwuma and Grace Nwokocha, secured qualification for the final of the Women’s 4×100m event.
Aside from being the second Nigerian relay team to make it to the final in Oregon, they are the first Nigerian team in 11 years to qualify for the women’s 4x100m final at the world championships.
The Nigerian ladies achieved the commendable feat after racing to a Season’s Best of 42.68 seconds to finish third in Heat 2 of the event.
Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar led the Pakistani delegation at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) held in Kigali, Rwanda on June 24-25, 2022. Themed ' Providing a Common Future: Connect, Innovate and Transform', the Summit discussed Commonwealth-related issues including post covid economic recovery, disruptions caused by the pandemic and conflict, the challenge of climate change and sustainable development, the promotion of democratic values and fundamental freedoms and the improvement of trade, among other issues.
As head of the Pakistani delegation, Minister of State Khar represented Pakistan at the CHOGM plenary, Retreat and Intergenerational Dialogue. He also actively participated in the Commonwealth Foreign Ministerial Meeting held on June 23, 2022 in the run-up to the Summit.
The Minister of State held productive bilateral meetings with the Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, as well as the Foreign Ministers of Kenya, Tanzania, Singapore, New Zealand, Sierra Leone, Jamaica and Dominica, and the UK Minister for South Asia, the Commonwealth and the UN.
On the sidelines, he interacted with, among others, Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall; President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, and UN General Assembly President Abdulla Shahid.
At the Intergenerational Dialogue, Pakistan was featured as the Asian Commonwealth member representing the potential of youth, along with Canada, Barbados and Samoa from the Americas-Europe, Caribbean and Pacific, respectively. In a specially recorded video message broadcast on television, Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif announced the holding of the 10th Commonwealth Youth Ministerial Meeting in Islamabad in January 2023. The announcement was welcomed by Commonwealth Heads .
The Summit, which was convened after a break of almost four years, was one of the largest face-to-face meetings of Heads of Government since the pandemic. It provided a useful opportunity for Member States to take stock and set the organizational agenda for the next two years.
President Muhammadu Buhari, in the course of the week, visited Kigali, Rwanda, where he participated in the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, and also held bilateral talks with world leaders.
The Nigerian leader, who returned to Abuja on Sunday, had while in Kigali, visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Rwanda where he made a passionate appeal to Nigerians to be tolerant of one another and embrace peace for the general good of the society.
Buhari toured the permanent exhibitions at the Memorial and laid a wreath at the mass graves where more than 250,000 victims of the genocide were buried.
He also paid tribute to the memory of the victims and prayed for healing for the survivors.
After the historic visit, the president told journalists that a lesson from his visit was the need for Nigerians to continue to be tolerant of one another.
He added the nation should preserve its own historical antecedents from the Nigeria Civil War (1967-1970).
Also on the same day, the president held bilateral meetings with Jamaican Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, and Prime Minister of Great Britain, Boris Johnson on the margins of the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Kigali, Rwanda.
At the meeting with the Jamaican PM, Buhari lauded the relations between Nigeria and Jamaica.
“Our relationship dates back in time, to generations ago. Thank you for strengthening it, particularly on the economic and political fronts,” he said.
Also at the bilateral engagement with Prime Minister of Great Britain, Buhari again reiterated his resolve to respect the maximum term limit in the Nigerian Constitution.
The UK PM, obviously not quite familiar with Nigeria’s maximum two terms limit, had asked if President Buhari would run for office again.
Responding to Johnson’s question, the Nigerian leader said:
“Another term for me? No! The first person who tried it didn’t end very well.”
On the leader of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu, not being allowed to see his lawyers privately, the president dispelled such insinuation.
He said the detained separatist was being given every opportunity under the law “to justify all the uncomplimentary things he had been saying against Nigeria in Britain”.
The Nigerian leader had on June 24, congratulated Baroness Patricia Scotland, on her reappointment as Secretary-General of the Commonwealth.
Leaders of the Commonwealth meeting in Kigali, Rwanda on Friday reappointed Scotland by consensus for a further two years to complete the balance of her period in office.
He commended the purposeful leadership of the Dominican-born barrister and diplomat in the last six years.
The last official engagement of the President in Kigali was his meeting with Nigerians in the Diaspora on the margins of the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM)on June 26.
At the meeting, Buhari had hailed Nigerian youths excelling at home and abroad, saying the country would welcome inputs and investments from compatriots with international exposure for the economy to thrive.
He said: ‘‘It gives me great pleasure to be in Kigali, Rwanda and to meet with you, members of the Nigerian Diaspora as part of my regular meetings with Nigerians wherever I visit other countries.
‘‘Let me begin by congratulating and commending Yewande Adebowale for emerging as one of the top four winners at the Commonwealth Youth competition at the Kigali Startup Festival 2022 at the Commonwealth Youth Forum.”
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that before departing for Kigali on June 22, President Buhari had presided over the virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) in the State House, Abuja.
The Council approved N50 billion for rehabilitation of roads in Taraba and Yobe states as well as the construction of injection substations to boost power supply in Gwarinpa area of the Federal Capital Territory.
NAN reports that N48.4 billion of the amount was approved for roads in Taraba and Yobe while the remaining N1.6 billion was meant for the FCT electrification project.
The Council also approved the digitisation of the services of the National Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) to be known as e-NSITF.
Also on June 22, the President, via a statement by his media aide, Malam Garba Shehu, described as unacceptable the recent spate of attacks on Churches in some parts of the country.
Buhari said the attacks were clear indication that some enemies and wicked people were bent on causing religious tensions in the country.
The week also featured President Buhari’s interview, granted to Bloomberg News, where the president dismissed the call by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank to remove fuel subsidy.
The president remarked that subsidy removal was becoming increasingly untenable.
”Most western countries are today implementing fuel subsidies. Why would we remove ours now? What is good for the goose is good for the gander!”
He also revealed that the government had earmarked 550 million dollars to provide 20,000 Standalone Solar Systems (SHS), as well as Solar Hybrid mini-grids in over 250 locations.
He said: “Take my Presidential Power Initiative (PPI), a government-to-government initiative between the Governments of Nigeria and Germany, with Siemens AG, to upgrade the electricity grid with a 2 billion dollar investment.
Also, the Presidential Media Team, in collaboration with a national and international Media Consultant, Ata Ikiddeh, announced the unveiling of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Legacy Projects in a series of online publications.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday in Kigali, Rwanda, met with Jamaican Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, and lauded the relations between Nigeria and Jamaica.
The president’s spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, in a statement said the two leaders met on the sidelines of the 26th edition of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).
“Our relationship dates back in time, to generations ago. Thank you for strengthening it, particularly on the economic and political fronts,” Buhari said.
In his remarks, Holness said Nigeria had been very supportive of Jamaica, with the two countries having commercial agreements in place.
He said: “The maiden flight from Lagos to Jamaica about two years ago was well received. We equally have relationships in the creative industry, sports and finance.”
While referring to a recent opinion article written by Buhari, and published in international newspapers, Holness said he agreed that the Commonwealth could be more than just a club of friends who have affinity with the United Kingdom, “and become an economic powerhouse.
”All the elements are there; common language, large market, and many others. It can become a serious economic force.”
Kesiena Oghoghorie, a Principal Partner, KIO Consultant says Inter School competition is key to Nigeria’s dominance in global athletics.
KIO Consultant, is facilitating the maiden Abuja Inter-Secondary Schools Athletics Championship (AISSAC).
Oghoghorie told the News Agency of Nigeria that the championship is designed to be the breeding ground for Nigerian athletes
“Returning to school athletics is the only way Nigeria can regain it’s dominance in global athletics.
“The idea behind the AISSAC is tailored along the Jamaican model which has produced athletics great like Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake.
“The maiden edition of the AISSAC was held on June 4 at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja and I can tell you the turn out was impressive.
“We had 14 schools (both male and female) from the FCT participating in events such as sprints, relays, long jump and javelin.
” The goal is to change the narrative of school sports in Nigeria, because this is the way to go in the long run if we want to relaunch ourselves into global reconning,” Oghoghorie said.
He said organisers of the AISSAC would continue to work closely with the Athletics Coaches Association of Nigeria, the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) and the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development for maximum synergy.
Oghoghorie, a former captain of University of Kent Athletics team, U.K expressed optimism that with proper structure and synergy, Nigeria athletics will be great again.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Britarch Schools, Lugbe, Nigerian Tulip International College (NTIC) and Pacesetters’ School, Wuye came tops in the maiden edition of the AISSAC.
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Zambia has announced the appointment of Ms. Penelope Campbell to the position of Country Representative, effective April 2022. Ms. Campbell, who joins the Office of Country of Zambia from UNICEF Somalia, presented his credentials to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hon. Stanley Kakubo, MP, today in his office in Lusaka.“One of the reasons we have increased the Constituency Development Fund has to do with empowering young people with opportunities to do business. We want to do this consistently, aiming for an economic multiplier effect at the local level,” he said.Ms. Campbell has worked at UNICEF for the past 20 years, most recently as Head of Health in the Somalia office. Prior to that, Ms. Campbell served in South Sudan, Liberia, Myanmar, Jamaica, Cambodia, Eastern and Southern Africa, and the United Kingdom. She has led several global programs focused on health, nutrition, HIV, and emergency response.His posting in the country will be effective until 2027, during which time he will lead the efforts of UNICEF Zambia, in partnership with the Government of Zambia, UN agencies, cooperating partners, and others, to ensure that the Zambia country office fulfills its purpose of incorporating disability. , youth participation, climate, and innovation in its programming.“I have the immense privilege of joining the Zambia Country Office and having the opportunity to work with a team of people who are leaders in their fields,” said Ms. Campbell. “As an office, we are at a critical time as we develop our next 5-year Country Program Document. As a nation, Zambia is at a critical juncture having recently voted a new government into power.We must seize both opportunities to build on UNICEF's work in Zambia and advance children's rights. As you know, Zambia has a very young population with over 50% under the age of 14 and many more under the age of 24. Putting young people at the center of the agenda is something we are committed to as UNICEF Zambia and to supporting the Government. at this crucial moment.”Ms. Campbell holds an MSc (Distinction) in Health Education and Health Promotion and a BA (Hons) in Nursing Studies from King's College, University of London.She moves to Zambia accompanied by her husband with whom she has three children.
WE CAN MAKE THE COMMONWEALTH A REAL GLOBAL POWER
Why should our 54 countries not lend weight to each other in international bodies, compounding our influence as the EU does?
What becomes of the Commonwealth should one of its 15 members that is not a republic join those 39 others which are? With Jamaica considering such a move, this question is being asked. But it is misplaced: the modern Commonwealth was constituted in 1949 specifically to accommodate a republic – newly independent India – precisely after such constitutional change.
Still, it is right to debate the Commonwealth’s future. Though perfectly sustainable in its current form, it would be a disservice to its members should current levels of co-operation be the limit of our aspirations.
For a start, we should strive to reduce trade barriers, given the unity nearly all of us hold through the English language, jurisprudence and education systems. We might explore grouping more readily together at intergovernmental forums such as the United Nations to deliver outcomes for one member individually or all collectively. We should work closer on defence interoperability and mutual support in the fight against global terrorism – now centred on Africa, and which threatens new waves of refugees into the West.
Some will point to factors such as Commonwealth countries’ membership of regional trade blocs, UN ballots with members voting in opposite ways and a lack of military compatibility as proof that closer cooperation cannot be achieved. It is possible to prove these people wrong – but only if we attempt to do so.
The forthcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) this June should be a moment when the potential for our club is reimagined. This bi-annual senior decision-making body is being hosted by Rwanda: a republic no less, and prescient, when the largest contingent of Commonwealth countries is African.
Not far from the official agenda will be the question of how Brexit will continue to affect us all.
Already the U.K. Global Tariff (UKGT) has reduced, removed or simplified tax on thousands of imported goods, which is an important step in reconfiguring Commonwealth trade. When the club’s largest economy was unable to practice the free trade it long preached, others had little incentive to lower barriers. Association within their own trade blocs is not prohibitive. There is still much more that members can do inside their respective frameworks.
A number of the Commonwealth’s African members have now signed product-based trade agreements with the UK. But a potential deal with the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), set to become the world’s largest free trade area, heralds the greatest opportunity.
The UK signed the world’s first memorandum of understanding with the nascent bloc last year, with a future deal securing free trade simultaneously with nineteen African Commonwealth members, collectively representing the majority of Africa’s GDP. It would likely presage further agreements between AfCFTA and other members, further opening intra-Commonwealth trade.
With trade could come greater defence cooperation. African Commonwealth members are active in many theatres across the continent, whether battling ISIS-affiliated militants across the Sahel region in the West, the Horn of Africa in the East, or Mozambique in the South. Arms and defensive equipment are part of the solution.
There is no reason why one of the world’s foremost military manufacturers should not sell more widely to our association when it is a group of allies. When Britain does not, they must look elsewhere. Today we have a mosaic of incompatible systems. But particularly in Africa, where members find themselves on the same missions, interoperability would make a material impact on the ground.
And in diplomacy, when trade and defence ties are drawn closer, so too do geopolitical interests. The EU’s 27 members tend to have each other’s backs in, for instance, UN votes. Why should the 54 Commonwealth partners not similarly organise, lending weight to each other in such bodies and wielding more influence?
At CHOGM, these new opportunities can be grasped. What holds us back is only the limit of our ambition. For those who say this cannot be done, I say we will never know until we try.
Muhammadu Buhari is President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
Queen Elizabeth II turned 96 on Thursday and received an emotional "Happy Birthday" from a military band outside her home at Windsor Castle, after a troubled year marred by ill health.
The Coldstream Guards Band, in red robes and bearskin hats, played the tribute to a crowd of onlookers, before a barrage of ceremonial gun salutes across the country.
But the queen, the world's oldest and longest-serving head of state, marked the occasion with little fanfare, retiring to her Sandringham estate in eastern England for a short break.
No official engagements have been planned, although royal officials released a photograph of the horse-loving head of state with two of her fallen ponies.
Her grandson Prince William and his wife Kate called her "an inspiration to so many in the UK, the Commonwealth and the world."
Royal tradition since the 18th century has also seen the monarch have an official second birthday, normally celebrated in warmer weather in June.
This year's official birthday coincides with four days of public events from June 2-5 to mark his 70th year on the throne.
US toymaker Mattel has launched a new Barbie doll of the queen to mark the Platinum Jubilee.
The trip to Sandringham is seen as a "positive step" given his recent health problems, British media reported.
Since spending an unscheduled night in the hospital last October, he has greatly reduced public appearances on doctor's orders.
A sore back and difficulties standing and walking have caused her to cancel a number of engagements, including recent church events to mark Easter.
A bout of covid-19 in February left her "very tired and exhausted", she admitted earlier this month.
But William's brother, Prince Harry, told US broadcaster NBC in an interview broadcast on Wednesday that she was "in great shape" when he saw her last week.
The queen was last seen in public at Westminster Abbey in central London on March 29 at a memorial service for her late husband, Prince Philip, who died last year aged 99.
health and succession
The queen's forced retirement from public life in her Platinum Jubilee year has heightened attention on the succession and future of the monarchy.
Her eldest son and heir, Prince Charles, has taken on more of his mother's responsibilities in preparation for assuming the throne.
Its popularity has risen in recent years, according to an Ipsos survey of more than 2,000 adults in Britain in March.
But her 43 percent approval rating is still far below that of her mother (69 percent), eldest son Prince William (64 percent), and daughter-in-law Kate Middleton (60 percent).
Some 42 percent of those surveyed also said they believed Charles, 73, should step aside for William, who turns 40 in June.
Aside from the queen's health and succession, the royals have rarely been out of the headlines due to a succession of scandals.
Last month there was controversy after the queen's disgraced second son, Prince Andrew, supported her at Prince Philip's funeral.
In February, he settled a US civil sexual assault lawsuit that had previously seen him stripped of his honorary royal military titles and charitable duties.
The palace is said to be preparing for further revelations about the real life of Harry, who is due to publish his memoir later this year.
The former British Army captain left the royal front last year and moved to California with his American wife Meghan Markle.
From there, the couple accused the royal family of racism, while Harry claimed his father Charles and brother William were "trapped" within the system of the British monarchy.
The future of the royal family's global reach is also not assured.
The queen is the head of state of Great Britain and 14 other Commonwealth countries around the world.
But Barbados became a republic last year and several other Caribbean countries, including Jamaica, have since indicated they want to do the same.
Prince William said on Friday that the British royal family would support Bahama's decisions about his future, in the third stop of a Caribbean tour that has been met with protests in a region that increasingly weighs on its future relations with the UK monarchy.
Speaking at a reception hosted by the Governor General of the Bahamas in Nassau, William, whose official title is Duke of Cambridge, marked the upcoming 50th anniversary of the former colony's independence from Britain.
"And with Jamaica celebrating 60 years of independence this year, and Belize celebrating 40 years of independence last year, I want to say this: We proudly support and respect your decisions about your future," said William.
“Relationships evolve. The friendship endures."
Prince William and Kate's tour was meant to mark the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation.
But instead it has been met with protests and accusations of being a "colonial tour".
In Jamaica on Tuesday, protesters carrying signs outside the British High Commission ahead of the royals' arrival demanded that the monarchy pay reparations and apologize for its role in the slave trade that brought hundreds of thousands of Africans to the island to work in inhumane conditions. .
Prime Minister Andrew Holness then pointedly told William in front of television cameras that the nation was "moving forward" as an independent country.
The visit follows growing calls for Jamaica to follow Barbados and become a republic by getting rid of the queen as head of state.
William during that trip expressed his "deep sorrow" for the history of slavery, calling the practice "abhorrent."
"It should never have happened," he said.
But so far, the British royal family has not issued any formal apology.
The visit came as Britain increasingly confronts its colonial past, particularly its monuments to historical figures linked to the slave trade.
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The African Vaccine Procurement Trust (AVAT) launched a No-Fault Compensation Scheme (NFCS) program for COVID-19 vaccines in participating African and Caribbean countries in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire on Tuesday.
According to him, AVAT NFCS provides eligible individuals with prompt, fair and transparent compensation for unlikely adverse events associated with COVID-19 vaccines purchased or distributed under the AVAT initiative.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that AVAT NFCS is the first such consortium to be created.
AVAT NFCS is powered by Union(AU), Afreximbank, Africa CDC and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).
Other partners include ECONET and it will be managed by ESIS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Chubb Insurance Company.
AVAT acts as a centralized purchasing agent on behalf of the AU Member States, to secure the necessary vaccines and funding resources combined to achieve Africa's COVID-19 vaccination strategy.
It is designed to reinforce public confidence that, in the unlikely event of vaccine-related adverse events against COVID-19, quick and easy access to compensation is ensured.
Building this trust is essential to achieving widespread adoption of the vaccine.
Speaking on the sidelines of the event, Prof. Benedict Oramah, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Afreximbank, highlighted the functions and benefits of the scheme.
He said: “AVAT NFCS provides eligible individuals with prompt, fair and transparent compensation for unlikely adverse events associated with COVID-19 vaccines purchased or distributed under the AVAT initiative.
“It is a framework designed to support the vaccines delivered under the AVAT scheme.
“The principle of the no-fault compensation scheme is that both the manufacturers and the public and even individuals want to be protected because of the way that vaccines were developed very expeditiously.
“It was not normal. What would have taken five to seven years was done between one year and 18 months.
“So it was important that a compensation scheme be put in place, so that if serious adverse events did occur, people would have a predictable way to receive compensation.
“For Africa, it was not easy with 55 countries and smaller economies. It was becoming a challenge.
“We had to work to put in place a continental framework that would make it possible for those who had not been able to do so to do so. Without her, they wouldn't have had access to vaccines in the first place."
According to Oramah, the No-Fault Compensation Scheme is specific to the AVAT acquisition of Johnson and Johnson Vaccines as it is today.
He said that, however, there was collaboration with the COVAX facility.
On the modalities to access compensation, he said: “For this specific scheme, for you to make a claim, you must have been vaccinated under the AVAT vaccine framework.
“That's when you qualify; You must be a citizen of the country participating in this plan.
“There are 41 countries participating in this scheme. These are some of the preconditions for you to qualify to seek compensation.”
For Nigeria, Oramah said that with the Government's plans to make Johnson & Johnson the priority vaccine because it is a single dose vaccine, AVAT NFCS becomes eligible.
“This would help their approach tremendously because it provides the government with the cover for the government to tell citizens that these vaccines are there, that they take them, and they are also protected because we don't have them in Nigeria.
“People may want to know, if something happens, what should I do? How am I compensated?
"This provides the answer and also protects the government from possible litigation by citizens who get vaccinated because the government asks them to get vaccinated," he said.
UNECA Executive Secretary Dr. Vera Songwe, who praised the initiative, said the pandemic had led to loss of life and pushed 55 million people into extreme poverty.
According to her, the pandemic has also exposed certain pre-existing vulnerabilities, reversing the slow progress towards improving well-being and achieving Africa's 2030 and 2063 agendas.
“It is in this context that AVAT is so important and a game changer for the continent at the forefront of the largest immunization operations of our time.
“This is a centralized agent for negotiation, purchases and payments on behalf of the member states of the African Union and the member states of CARICOM,” he said.
These member states are Antigua and Barbuda; bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Dominican; Grenade; Guiana; Haiti; Jamaica; and Montserrat (a British Overseas Territory in the Leeward Islands).
Others are Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.
She said: “Africa has shown that when left alone, it can come up with innovative solutions, not only to save our health and lives, but also to save our livelihoods.
"And the African Union, the African CDC, the Afreximbank clinging to the leadership of the AU. Special efforts have shown that Africa can when it wants."
Dr. Ahmed Ouma, deputy director of the African Center for Disease Control (Africa CDC) also praised the initiative.
“This is really the first time that Africa has stepped up, planned, negotiated, bought and distributed its own vaccines on this scale.
"And it's something we should be proud of as Africans, and use it as a springboard for us to do even more in the future," he said.
According to him, the African Vaccine Procurement Task Force has opened up a very important target for public health need.
“It has opened a very important door for Africa to be able to do similar things in all the other sectors that we prioritize.
“We appreciate the team and because Africa CDC is part of it, it has been a learning experience,” Ouma said.