Mali to buy 8.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine
London, Jan. 22, 2o21 (AltAfrica)-Mali plans to buy over 8.4 million doses of coronavirus vaccine and expects to start a vaccination campaign in April, the council of ministers said in a statement on Thursday.
It said the vaccines would cost over 31 billion CFA francs ($57 million).
This will be covered with financial assistance from global vaccine alliance GAVI, which co-runs the COVAX scheme to secure fair access to COVID-19 vaccines for developing countries.
It did not specify which vaccines it planned to buy.
Mali like other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa is battling a second wave of coronavirus infections, although its infection rate has decreased from a peak in early January, data compiled by Reuters shows.
The West African nation has so far recorded 7,911 cases and 320 deaths
WHO says all the 54 countries on the continent have expressed interest in the COVAX Facility. Eight higher and middle-income countries will self-finance their own participation, while lower-middle income and low-income countries will access the vaccines at no cost through the Facility.
The vaccines distributed by COVAX will have received WHO Emergency Use Listing authorization and as such will have undergone stringent validation of their safety and effectiveness.
However, vaccine nationalism is threatening the COVAX initiative.