A non-governmental organization under the auspices of AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), in collaboration with some key stakeholders Wednesday held a Pan African Virtual Panel Discussion with the theme #VaccinateOurWorld and #Vownow.
According to the group, the digital campaign of #VaccinateOurWorld and #vownow is aimed at involving world leaders to take action to vaccinate the world against the deadly COVID-19.
The Aids HealthCare Foundation, known globally for its fierce fight against the HIV/AIDs Virus is transferring its knowledge and experiences gathered from the fight against HIV to wage war against the pandemic to ensure the world is safe for all to stay alive.
The discussion was channeled at creating synergy and a practical guideline cum steps that would enable world leaders consider the need to vaccinate world’s citizens and stop the spread of COVID-19.
According to Dr. Penninah Lutung, Bureau Chief of AHF Africa “If the whole world is not vaccinated, Africa, along with all developing countries runs the risk of becoming a breeding ground for new variants.”
Speaking further, Lutung says “The risk is ever-present that if vaccines aren’t administered fast enough, new variants of COVID-19 will emerge that will not respond to the vaccines available.”
On the issues of overstocking of vaccines by developed countries, the panelists believed that the restriction of developing countries to the vaccines leaves many unprotected and gives COVID-19 time to mutate beyond the effectiveness of the vaccine.
The #VaccinateOurWorld campaign therefore recommends that:
Global COVID-19 vaccination effort must secure $100 billion from G20 countries.
Companies and governments must waive or suspend ALL COVID-19 vaccine patients during the pandemic.
Vaccines production must be increased in order to provide at least seven billion vaccine doses worldwide within one year.
Countries must be 100% transparent in sharing information and data.
World leaders must also promote greater international cooperation as the driving force to ending the pandemic, not continue with politics as usual.