Amref Calls for Global Concerted Efforts to Strengthen Existing Mechanisms to Respond to the Pandemic During the U.S President led #COVIDSummit at UNGA

by Amref Health Africa

“We must bring COVAX ahead of queue,” said Dr. Githinji Gitahi during the #COVIDSummit

US president Joe Biden hosted a virtual vaccine summit on Wednesday titled: Global COVID-19 Summit: Ending the Pandemic and Building Back Better Health Security to Prepare for the Next. This summit coincided with the United Nations leaders’ meetings in a bid to marshal more aid to developing nations where inoculations, treatments and supplies remain scarce. President Joe Biden called on other countries to help vastly expand production and availability of coronavirus vaccines and treatments in order to end the Covid-19 pandemic.

The summit was attended by Heads of State and international, business, philanthropic and non-governmental leaders to identify concrete actions and set ambitious targets needed to achieve the goal of ending the pandemic.   

The US President pledged 500 million more vaccine doses to developing countries.    

The World Health Organisation has set a minimum target of 40% vaccine coverage in every country by the end of 2021.

“We need an iron clad commitment from world leaders to ending this pandemic. We also need better governance, better financing, better structures and systems to avert another pandemic, “ said Dr. Tedros Adhanom, the Director General of the World Health Organisation during the summit.

President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his remarks, emphasized the need to come up with a sustainable plan on how developing countries will be supported, not only to meet targets around vaccination, oxygen, diagnostics, personal protective equipment but also for manufacturing.  He added that the gulf was widening between better-resourced nations who are buying up and even hoarding vaccines and developing countries who are struggling to have access to vaccines, noting the pandemic has revealed the full extent of the vaccine gap between developed and developing economies and how that gap can severely undermine global health security.

“The greatest lesson we have learned from this pandemic is that fortune favours the prepared. We must support the establishment of a global health Financial Intermediary Fund for pandemic preparedness, as well as a Global Health Threats Council, “ said President Ramaphosa.

In his submission, Dr. Githinji Gitahi, the Global Chief Executive Officer of Amref Health Africa echoed the need to not only create a new global architecture but to strengthen what already exists noting that science and resources needed to go to the lowest possible level with community ownership for accountability using existing mechanisms.

He reiterated the need for a people centre equitable health system everywhere, committing to COVID-19 commodities security for everyone by ending stockpiles and limiting boosters and ensuring scaling up of manufacturing globally, sharing technology through multiple available mechanisms including Intellectual Property waivers, and providing adequate financing.

Leaders in the summit agreed that cooperation, collective action and above all consensus, is the greatest strength in the current crisis, and will continue to be so in the future.

Quotable Quotes:

“Let’s converge upwards to vaccinate the world…and it’s only through collaboration with various sectors that this will be a success.”

“The United Nations stays committed to support delivery of vaccines in the hardest to reach countries in the world.

 “Every dose counts.”

For more details regarding Dr. Githinji Gitahi remarks, please reach out to:

Elizabeth Ntonjira
Global Communications Director
[email protected]

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1 comment

Fred Chemuko wakuri September 24, 2021 - 12:52 pm

This is very informative though didn’t see what the African leadership committed to do! Are we going to keep at the receiving end until when and for how long shall we be referred to as LDCs


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