In a G7 summit earlier this week in the UK, the nations promised to donate at least 1 billion Covid-19 vaccines to countries in less favourable situations. The president of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, is happy about the development.
But Ramaphosa also questioned why only one African nation was invited for the meeting, however the SA leader embraced the kind gesture since it is beneficial to the continent.
“We brought a message here that we would like to have access to the vaccines as well, so that the people of Africa, from whom only 2% have now been vaccinated as opposed to much higher percentages in the North, should also be vaccinated.
“We also raised the issue of giving capacity and capability to countries in the developing economies so that they too should be able to produce their own vaccines, so that it should continue to be the preserve of G7 countries.”
To effectively vaccinate the world, health organisations say about 11 billion of vaccines is required.
By Elijah Christopher
Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.