5 African countries authorise Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine for covid vaccination
London, Feb. 22, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Five countries in all have given authorization for the role out of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccines.
Two from north Africa and three in Sub-Saharan Africa.
A February 20, 2021 statement from the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), the country’s sovereign wealth fund announced that Sputnik V had been granted emergency use authorization in Ghana, the fifth African country.
The previous four countries included: Algeria, Tunisia, the Republic of Guinea and Gabon. Globally 31 countries have so far signed up for the Russian vaccine. Other vaccines currently being used in Africa include Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson and Johnson
The authorisation comes as Russia offers of 300 million Sputnik V vaccines to Africa through The Africa Vaccine Acquisition Task Team [AVATT], a body set up by the African Union to acquire additional vaccine doses for the continent
The Russian offer includes a financing package for any member states wishing to secure this vaccine.
“We are grateful to receive the Sputnik V vaccines from the Russian Federation and tremendously proud to be able to offer them on the AMSP for our AU Member States,” says Dr John Nkengasong, Director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).
“Bilateral and private sector partnerships such as these are critical in our efforts to bring the COVID-19 pandemic to an end”.
While details, including clinical and technical information, are now accessible on the Africa Medical Supplies Platform (AMSP), Sputnik V vaccines will be available for a period of 12 months commencing by May 2021. From today, the 55 African Union member states are all invited to visit www.AMSP.africa and use their national access code – issued to all African Union member states’ Ministers of Finance and Health – to start the pre-order process.
African Union member states that wish to secure funding should approach the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) through their Central Banks, as has been the case with the other vaccines that have been on offer.
The Board of Afreximbank, last week, approved the USD$ 2 billion Advance Purchase Commitment for the participating suppliers, allowing the finalization of supply contracts.
Sputnik V is one of the world’s top three coronavirus vaccines in terms of the number of approvals issued by government regulators.
Countries currently using Sputnik V
Sputnik V had been approved earlier in Russia, Belarus, Argentina, Bolivia, Serbia, Algeria, Palestine, Venezuela, Paraguay, Turkmenistan, Hungary, UAE, Iran, Republic of Guinea, Tunisia, Armenia.
The others are Mexico, Nicaragua, Republika Srpska (entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina), Lebanon, Myanmar, Pakistan, Mongolia, Bahrain, Montenegro, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Gabon and San Marino.