News & Analysis: Vaccine access and delivery

How Europe can work with Africa amid the global scramble for vaccines

“The vaccine is spoken of as a ‘global public good,’ but it is already apparent that some parts of the world will have it in substantial numbers much sooner than others. Scarcity creates a market, and the vaccine becomes a valuable geopolitical commodity for those with an excess at their disposal.”

via European Council on Foreign Relations

Here’s How Africans Can Advocate for Covid-19 Vaccine Equity

“Africans, it is time to take our destinies in our own hands and demand that our leaders do the right things to ensure everyone on the continent gets vaccinated against COVID-19, without waiting for handouts from richer nations.”

via AllAfrica

Vaccines for South Africa. Now.

“Astonishingly, even now, in the full knowledge of what we face and with dozens of countries worldwide, including African nations, embarking on mass vaccination programmes against COVID-19, it is distressing to hear senior officials increasingly talking down the prospects for the availability and usefulness of COVID-19 vaccines in South Africa.”

via Daily Maverick

Guinea Begins Administering Russia’s Sputnik V Covid-19 Vaccine

“Vaccinations against COVID-19 with a Russian produced vaccine on an experimental basis began on Wednesday at a centre in Conakry, Guinea. Government officials were the first to receive the Sputnik V vaccine at a vaccination centre in Conakry.”

via Africa News

‘Africa needs $9bn to buy, administer COVID-19 vaccine’

“Africa needs $9 billion to vaccinate 780 million people over the course of two years, pan-African multilateral trade finance institution Afreximbank has said.”

via The East African

Egypt to get 500,000 new doses of Chinese COVID-19 vaccine before end of December

“Chronic disease sufferers and medical staff could begin the vaccination process during the first or second week of January.”

via Arab News

Majority of Africans would take a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine

“A survey conducted by the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), in partnership with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) has shown that a predominant majority (79% average) of respondents in Africa would take a COVID-19 vaccine if it were deemed safe and effective.”

via Africa CDC

Coronavirus vaccinations have started. But people in Africa face a much longer wait.

“Public health officials warn that stark disparities are emerging as wealthier countries reserve most of the world’s doses, while poorer countries have secured scarce amounts.”

via Washington Post

COVAX risks failure, leaving poor countries with no COVID-19 shots until 2024

“The global scheme to deliver COVID-19 vaccines to poorer countries faces a ‘very high’ risk of failure, potentially leaving nations home to billions of people with no access to vaccines until as late as 2024, internal documents say.”

via Reuters

Access, funding stand in Africa’s path to getting COVID-19 vaccine

“According to CDC-Africa, the continent needs two billion doses in order to vaccinate 60% of the population to contain the pandemic… The challenge facing Africa is access: availability of the required vaccine doses and access to financing to make purchases.”

via The East African