19 June 2021 by IFEANYI OSITA
African leaders have been urged to come up with localised solutions for vaccines production and access to Vaccination in the continent.
The Executive Director of an organ of the African Union, Coalition for Dialogue on Africa, CoDA Ms Souad Aden-Osman gave the advice at a media briefing in Benin, Edo State.
The briefing was part of programmes for inauguration of CoDA Independent Task Team on the Development of Vaccines and Equitable, Universal Access to Essential Vaccines and Vaccination in Africa.
The emergence of Covid-19 pandemic which impacted negatively on the economy of nations, African countries inclusive necessitated the dialogue by CoDA on how African leaders and stakeholders can come up with home grown initiatives for solutions to the pandemic especially production and access to Vaccines and Vaccination.
For the Executive Director of the Coalition for Dialogue on Africa, CoDA, Ms Souad Aden-Osman African countries still depend on other nations for solutions to its challenges.
Ms Aden-Osman who stated that the Coalition was working with seven African countries and seventeen research institutions, believed that the engagement of the private sector would go a long way in addressing most of the issues of vaccines production in the continent.
Contributing, President of the PAN Africa Manufacturers Association, Mr Mansur Ahmed emphasized the need for more stakeholders engagement to develop solutions to Africa’s challenges
Mr Ahmed urged African leaders to create enabling environment to support Scientists in the region in vaccines production.
CoDA is a platform for open and inclusive dialogue established a decade ago by the African Union and the African Development Bank.