The Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, this Tuesday visited the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) in Addis Ababa, to herald the start of the implementation of the Europian Union’s new humanitarian initiative in support of the COVID-19 vaccination campaigns Accross Africa.
This was first disclosed by the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, at the G7 meeting in February 2021, the €100 million initiative is part of the European Commission’s efforts to ensure equitable and fair access to safe and effective vaccines to all especially those in Africa.
By joining forces with the Africa CDC and other international partners, the European Commission targets a fast and safe rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in all African countries.
Following his meeting with the Head of the Africa CDC, Dr John Nkengasong, Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič, stressed: “I am delighted to announce today the start of a new chapter in the EU’s partnership with the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. This additional EU funding in support of the rollout of vaccination campaigns against the coronavirus pandemic in Africa will help to ensure that no one is left behind, including people in hard-to-access humanitarian crisis settings”. I look forward to even closer cooperation with the Africa CDC in the future, to strengthen our readiness and efficient preparedness to respond together to the challenges of tomorrow.”
This EU initiative, with a steering role of the Africa CDC, will enhance two complementary dimensions of the vaccination campaigns in Africa.