• Wed. Mar 29th, 2023

    EU unveils €100m humanitarian support for COVID-19 vaccination campaigns in Africa

    The European Union on Wednesday unveiled fresh €100 million humanitarian initiative in support of the COVID-19 vaccination
    campaigns in Africa.
    The EU Commission in Nigeria announced the new initiative in Abuja.
    As announced by the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, at the G7 meeting in February 2021, the latest €100 million initiative is part of the European Commission’s efforts to ensure equitable and fair access to safe and effective vaccines to all.
    By joining forces with the Africa CDC and other international partners, the European Commission aims
    to support a fast and safe rollout of Covid-19 vaccines in Africa.
    The EU Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, is expected to visit the Africa Centres for Disease control and Prevention (Africa CDC) in Addis Ababa as part of the implementation of the EU’s new support initiative in Africa.
    Following his meeting with the Head of the Africa CDC, John Nkengasong, Commissioner for
    Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič, said: “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 an 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, would support two complementary dimensions
    of the vaccination campaigns in Africa:
    One track of indicative €25 million in funding would aim to support the rollout of the
    vaccination campaign in African countries, including the support of capacity building of
    national health authorities and health care workers as well as the support to managing the
    information and coordination platform on vaccination.
    It would also address critical logistical gaps, including equipment. The implementation of the initiative at country and continental levels would ensure better and independent monitoring of the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination campaigns across Africa, supporting Africa CDC’s ongoing work.
    From a long-term perspective, it would also seek to reinforce national health systems’ resilience to address future epidemic outbreaks.
    The second track of an indicative €65 million in funding aims to support the rollout of vaccination campaigns in specific humanitarian settings, notably in conflict and hard-to-reach
    areas, implemented through needs-specific activities, in close cooperation with various EU
    humanitarian partners.
    A further €10 million is in reserve, to be allocated to any of two tracks as needed.
    In February 2021, President von der Leyen announced that an additional €100 million would be
    provided in humanitarian assistance to support the roll-out of vaccination campaigns in Africa in
    cooperation with the Africa CDC. The €100 million are mobilised as part of the EU’s Solidarity and
    Emergency Aid Reserve. This funding comes on top of the funding already mobilised by the EU and
    its Member States as part of the Team Europe approach.
    In April 2020, the European Commission together with High Representative/Vice President set out
    plans for a targeted EU response to support partner countries’ efforts in tackling the coronavirus
    pandemic combining resources from the EU, its Member States and European financial institutions,
    as ‘Team Europe’.
    By January 1, 2021, Team Europe had already supported partner countries around
    the world with more than €26 billion, 65% of the overall response package that now stands at over
    €40 billion and exceeding the original €20 billion pledged.
    Team Europe is also working to ensure global, equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines and supporting
    the rollout of vaccination campaigns, while exploring possibilities for boosting local manufacturing
    The EU played a leading role in setting up the COVAX Facility, the global initiative that
    allows high-income countries to fund vaccines for low and middle-income countries and where Team
    Europe is one of the leading donors, with over €2.2 billion.
    The EU humanitarian support to COVID-19 vaccination rollout in Africa will be implemented in
    partnership with the Africa CDC, and channelled through UN agencies, the Red Cross movement and
    humanitarian non-governmental organisations.
    This funding will support vaccination campaigns in
    countries with critical humanitarian needs and fragile health systems to ensure that the most
    vulnerable have access to safe and effective vaccines.
    It will also contribute to strengthening the
    health systems in Africa so that the continent is better prepared against future outbreaks, delivering
    on the commitments made under the EU–Africa partnership.

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