MasterCard foundation backs COVID-19 vaccine acquisition with US$1.3b

AFRICA – The Mastercard Foundation has announced that it will deploy US$1.3 billion over the next three years in partnership with the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) to save the lives and livelihoods of millions of people in Africa and hasten the economic recovery of the continent. The Saving Lives and Livelihoods initiative will acquire vaccines for at least 50 million people, support the delivery of vaccinations to millions more across the continent, lay the groundwork for vaccine manufacturing in Africa through a focus on human capital development, and…

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Ethiopian Airlines and African Union partner to implement trusted Travel Pass Test

ETHIOPIA – Ethiopian Airlines has announced partnership with the African Centres for Disease Control & Prevention (Africa CDC) for the implementation of the African Union Trusted Travel Pass to make continental travel easier and safer amidst the Covid -19 pandemic. The Trusted Travel pass program will ensure country regulations regarding Covid-19 travel requirements are met with minimal room for error and hassle to the travelling public. The Ethiopian Airlines‘ customers will now enjoy a hassle-free travel experience with their travel pass helping them verify whether their medical information meets various Covid-19…

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World Bank readies Covid-19 vaccine funds for 30 African countries

AFRICA – The World Bank is preparing emergency financing to help about 30 African countries access Covid-19 vaccines, the global lender told Reuters, as the continent scrambles to secure doses and start immunising vulnerable groups. Only a few African governments have launched mass vaccination campaigns, whereas some countries in wealthier parts of the world have already administered millions of doses. Many rely on the World Health Organization’s vaccine-sharing scheme COVAX, which delivered its first doses last week with a shipment to Ghana. The World Bank said financing projects were being…

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Rockefeller Foundation backs Covid-19 response efforts in Africa with US$35m commitment

AFRICA – The Rockefeller Foundation has announced an initial US$34.95 million to ensure more equitable access to Covid-19 testing and vaccines. The commitment also seek to leverage innovation, data, machine-learning; combat the escalating food crisis; and scale up access to renewable energy in Africa. Collaborating with 24 organizations, businesses, and government agencies, this pan-African effort will also focus on 10 countries: Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. The announcement comes 100 days after the Foundation’s landmark commitment of US$1 billion over three years to help…

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MTN backs AU’s Covid-19 vaccination programme with US$25m donation.

AFRICA – MTN, Africa’s leading mobile network, has announced a donation of US$25 million to support the African Union’s Covid-19 vaccination programme. The donation will help secure up to seven million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine for health workers across the continent, which will contribute to the vaccination initiative of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC). “The devastating impact of Covid-19 has been unprecedented and profound. Public and private partnerships are needed if we are to succeed in the fight against the pandemic and restore social and economic norms…

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Construction of China-aided Africa CDC headquaters launches in Ethiopia

ETHIOPIA – Construction of the China-aided future headquarters of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) has commenced in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. H.E. Amira Elfadil Mohamed Elfadil, Commissioner for Social Affairs and H.E. Ambassador Yuxi Liu, Head of the Mission of the People’s Republic of China to Ethiopia, on behalf of the African Union Commission and the Government of China attended the groundbreaking and unveiling ceremony for project. The event took place in the presence of representatives from the AU Commission, the Government of China,…

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AU, Africa CDC launches tech portal to digitise COVID-19 certificates for travel

AFRICA – The African Union Commission and the Africa Centre for Disease Control Prevention (Africa CDC) have launched a Covid-19 “Trusted Travel” portal to simplify verification of public health documentation of travellers during entry and exit across borders. The portal’s key features include information about the latest travel restrictions and entry requirements, a database of authorised laboratories and vaccination compliance information as well as Africa CDC mutual recognition protocol for Covid-19 testing and test results and vaccination certificates. That means that tests conducted in any member state of the AU…

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Global Fund commits US$50 million for COVID-19 rapid tests for low- and medium-income countries

SWITZERLAND – Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator has announced a set of agreements to make available affordable, high-quality COVID-19 antigen rapid tests for low and middle-income countries. The organizations involved in this milestone agreement include the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), Global Fund, Unitaid, and the World Health Organization (WHO). As part of this comprehensive, end-to-end effort, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has executed separate volume guarantee agreements…

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