European Union Partners With Africa in Creating COVID-19 Vaccine Production Hubs on the Continent

South Africa: Health worker collecting a sample for coronavirus testing – Photo (VOA)

African countries have got a big lift in flattening the COVID-19 pandemic as the head of the World Trade Organization, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala revealed that the continent is establishing a partnership between the European Union and others to produce vaccines.

According to a Reuters report, the partnership is geared towards creating regional hubs to facilitate the manufacturing process of the vaccine.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said facilities would be established in South Africa, Senegal and Rwanda. Nigeria is also being considered.

The WTO head said that the uneven global access of the vaccine had put Africa at a disadvantage since the health crisis that has trailed the pandemic.

French President Emmanuel Macron has expressed his delight with the news saying, “the South Africa hub was going to be the first of many”.

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