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