Ahmed Ogwell Ouma (Front), Acting Director of Africa CDC, delivers a speech on the sidelines of the launch of Savings Lives and Livelihood for the Southern Africa region in Lusaka, Zambia, Nov. 11, 2022. (Xinhua/Martin Mbangweta )
The Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) has commended China for its partnership with African countries in manufacturing COVID-19 vaccines on the continent.
LUSAKA, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) — The Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) on Friday praised China for its partnership with African countries in manufacturing COVID-19 vaccines on the continent.
Ahmed Ogwell Ouma, acting director of Africa CDC, said partnership with countries such as Egypt, Algeria and Morocco has provided the continent with alternative sources of COVID-19 vaccines, especially at the height of of the pandemic in mid-2021.
He said the partnership has enabled the continent to have the vaccines locally, reducing the need for transporting vaccines from outside the continent.
He also commended China for being one of the countries that has supported the mainland with vaccine donations since the start of vaccination programs.
Chinese Ambassador to the Republic of Congo Ma Fulin (1st from right) hands over a box of COVID-19 vaccine to a Congolese official at the Maya-Maya airport in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, January 20, 2022 (Xinhua)
The official was speaking on the sidelines of the launch of Savings Lives and Livelihood for the Southern Africa region, an Africa CDC initiative in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, an international non-governmental organization working in the area of gender reduction and economic problems. inequality and expanding access to quality education, among others.
The Africa CDC official said the launch aimed to connect the 10 countries in the Southern Africa region and motivate them to use the momentum to increase immunization rates.
He said similar launches will be made in the other four regions of Africa with the aim of ensuring the vaccination of around 70% of the 1.3 billion eligible people on the continent by the end of 2022.
Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema commended the two organizations for their partnership in the initiative to increase vaccination rates against the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa.
He said the initiative will go a long way in ensuring that the continent achieves herd immunity in its vaccination drive to save people’s lives. ■