African Union vaccines to be allocated according to population - (National Post via NewsPoints Desk)

  • South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, who also is the current chair of the African Union (AU), said millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses secured by the AU will be allocated according to countries' population size, as reported in the National Post.

  • "The Africa CDC (Centres for Disease Control and Prevention) has already worked out the allocations that each country will be able to get, and the allocation is going to be worked on the size of your population," Ramaphosa remarked.

  • He said that vaccines from Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca would be available this year, but did not specify how much each African country would get.

  • Ramaphosa also suggested that the AU would access vaccines from China, saying "China will also be part of that, although they will join later."

  • South Africa itself plans to access doses via three sources, including the AU arrangement, the COVAX facility co-led by the World Health Organization, and direct deals with manufacturers.

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