Angela Merkel ‘worried’ about no vaccines agreement for Africa, other poor countries
London, Nov. 23, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Germany Chancellor, Angela Merkel has raised concerns about the world’s poorest, including Africa securing access to Covid-19 vaccines.
Angela Merkel was speaking at a G20 summit which saw leaders promise a fair distribution of jabs.
But Mrs Merkel warned progress was slow, saying she would raise the matter with global vaccine alliance GAVI.
“We will now speak with GAVI about when these negotiations will begin because I am somewhat worried that nothing has been done on that yet,” she said.
Merkel said that, unlike COVAX, the European Union and the United States were already advanced in their efforts to secure vaccine doses.
“The most important thing is that COVAX now negotiates with producers of potential vaccines with the money it has,” Merkel said.
Created in 2000, Gavi is an international organisation – a global Vaccine Alliance, bringing together public and private sectors with the shared goal of creating equal access to new and underused vaccines for children living in the world’s poorest countries.
Dozens of countries including many in Africa have signed up to the global vaccine plan known as COVAX, which was set up by the World Health Organization and the GAVI vaccine group to provide vaccine doses for countries that could not otherwise afford them.
It has so far raised $5 billion, including over 500 million euros ($600 million) from Germany
Merkel’s comments come as the US announced that some Americans could be vaccinated as early as 11 December.
The G20 summit of the world’s leading economic powers was hosted by Saudi Arabia. Due to the pandemic meetings were held virtually.
During the conference, the world’s richest nations promised to support poor countries whose economies have been badly damaged by the crisis, but gave few details about what spending would entail.
The virus has infected nearly 60 million people around the world since emerging in China last December, and killed almost 1.4 million.
G20 nations also pledged to address the immediate financing required to support the production and fair distribution of Covid-19 vaccines, as well as treatments for the virus, and tests.