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COVAX Issues Advisory on Equal Recognition of Vaccines

Ministers attending an Inter- Africa Health Ministers meeting chaired by Uganda’s Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng expressed displeasure over the move calling it another of the vaccine capitalism that has become rampant with scarce COVID-19 jabs.

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The COVAX facility has issued an advisory calling for countries to equally recognize all vaccines approved by the World Health Organization for emergency use.  

So far, the World Health Organization (WHO) has approved for emergency use two AstraZeneca vaccines made in Korea and India, the Jansen and Jansen vaccine, Pfizer, Moderna and China’s Sinopharm vaccine. But, the European Union (EU) late last month launched an EU digital COVID-19 certificate also known as the Green passport that gives a hustle free entry to four of the vaccine. However, this caused an outcry from the public.

The recognized jab certificates are the Europe vaxzeria brand of AstraZeneca vaccine, Pfizer/BioNtech, Moderna and the Jansen and Jansen vaccine.

Warning that recognizing only a few of the approved vaccines would negatively impact the growth of economies that are already suffering the most, COVAX, a global initiative that was set up to ensure equitable access to vaccines by all countries notes such moves are already undermining confidence in life-saving vaccines that have already been shown to be safe and effective, affecting uptake of vaccines and potentially putting billions of people at risk.

“ Any measure that only allows people protected by a subset of WHO-approved vaccines to benefit from the re-opening of travel into and with that region would effectively create a two-tier system, further widening the global vaccine divide and exacerbating the inequities we have already seen in the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines”, reads the statement by COVAX in part. 

Ministers attending an Inter- Africa Health Ministers meeting chaired by Uganda’s Dr Jane Ruth Aceng expressed displeasure over the move calling it another of the vaccine capitalism that has become rampant with scarce COVID-19 jabs.

Kenya’s Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr Rashid Aman says picking on Covishield because it’s produced from another site is unreasonable considering that all vaccines currently pre-qualified by WHO are for emergency use and there are no conclusive data about it. He says the vaccine is just being used as a way of locking out travellers. 

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He urges Africans to continue using the Indian made jabs with confidence. 

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On his part, Zimbabwe’s Health Minister Dr John Mangwiro Chamunorwa said it’s rather laughable that the European Union came out against a pharmaceutical company that has already been producing vaccines that have been used the world over for long.

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