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EU launches €100 million fund to support vaccinatio­n in Africa


The EU has formally launched a €100 million humanitari­an initiative in support of the COVID-19 vaccinatio­n campaigns in Africa. As announced by the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, at the G7 meeting in February 2021, this €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.

This EU initiative, with a steering role of the Africa CDC, will support two complement­ary dimensions of the vaccinatio­n campaigns in Africa: One track of indicative €25 million in funding will aim to support the rollout of the vaccinatio­n campaign in African countries. This will include the support for 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 will also address critical logistical gaps, including equipment. This implementa­tion at country and continenta­l level will 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.

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