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Covid-19: Algeria chairs Saturday a meeting of Peace and Security Council dedicated to vaccines obtentaining in Africa

Peace and Security Council of the African Union will hold tomorrow, Saturday, a ministerial session chaired by Algeria, devoted to the problem of the arrival of Covid-19 vaccines to the African continent.

During this meeting, which will be chaired by Foreign Minister Sabri Boukadoum, it is assumed that the pandemic situation on the African continent will be assessed and many other issues will be raised during the ministerial session, including the poor distribution of vaccines across the world. Whereas, as of the beginning of May, more than 1.1 billion doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, and more than 80 percent of them are in high-income or upper-middle-income countries, while low-income countries have received only 0.2 percent, according to the World Health Organization.

It will also be a matter of studying the possible repercussions of the pandemic on areas other than public health, including the economy, in particular. An extension of the pandemic period, for example, is likely to have a serious impact on the entry into force of the Continental Free Trade Area.

The impact of the pandemic on the implementation of other AU programs, particularly those dubbed “Silencing the Guns”, is also at the heart of the concerns of the leaders of the African organization.

As they believe, in this regard, it is necessary to consider vaccines against Covid-19 as global public health properties, as stipulated in United Nations Regulation 2565 approved in 2021.

Participants in the Peace and Security Council meeting will also discuss the measures that the African Union has taken so far to confront the pandemic.

Among other things, the creation of the Special Fund to combat Covid-19, the African Medicines Supply Platform, or even partnership work aimed at accelerating detection in the population.

The African Union has taken steps to facilitate the procurement of vaccines for the benefit of member countries by forming a team responsible for initiating the procurement of vaccines (AVATT), (African Vaccine Acquisition Task Tea).

On the other hand, the meeting facilitators intend to take this opportunity to warn of the devastating consequences of the monopoly of vaccines, and to encourage partners, bilateral and multilateral donors, financial institutions and the private sector to support the COVAX and AVAT mechanisms, which are two mechanisms to facilitate access to vaccines in the world and in Africa, respectively.

== Algeria is fully committed to combating Covid-19 ==

Among the issues that will be addressed during the ministerial session will be strengthening African capacity to produce vaccines, encouraging countries with surplus vaccine production to make donations through the “COVAX” and (AVATT) mechanisms, and speeding up the installation of the African Drug Agency, which will allow negotiation on the collective purchase of the vaccine.

Algeria is also fully committed to combating Covid-19 at the African level, as it has contributed about 2 million dollars to the African Fund to combat Covid-19.

It carried out several acts of solidarity on the bilateral level for the benefit of African countries, especially neighboring countries, to help them confront the outbreak of the pandemic.

The deceased former Minister of Finance, Abderrahamne Benkhalfa, who passed away recently after being infected with the Coronavirus, was one of the five special envoys of the African Union tasked with mobilizing funds for Africa’s efforts to contain the pandemic and mitigate its effects.

Algeria currently supports Africa’s efforts to ensure equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines, and calls for great international solidarity in this context, including in the form of transferring technology that allows the vaccine to be produced locally.

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