Madagascar in big U-turn, agrees to buy Covid vaccines from Covax
London, April 2, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Madagascar has changed tack and decided to join the global Covid-19 vaccine initiative Covax.
Recent discussions between Malagasy President Andry Rajoelina and members of Madagascar’s National Academy of Medicine have resulted in the decision to have the nation officially join the WHO-led COVAX programme in a move to procure COVID-19 vaccines for Madagascar’s population
“There are still many steps to be taken before access to the vaccines, but the registration is already an important step in the process,” Minister of Public Health Prof Jean Louis Rakotovao said in a video posted on the ministry’s official Facebook page.
Madagascar had initially indicated that it would not participate in the Covax initiative. It said it would rather use a locally produced remedy known as Covid-Organics.
Madagascar has changed tact and decided to join the global Covid-19 vaccine initiative Covax.— Alex Masereka Joel (@kukuwazabanga) April 1, 2021
Madagascar had initially indicated that it would not participate in the Covax initiative. It said it would rather use a local traditional remedy known as Covid-Organics. – @BBCAfrica pic.twitter.com/jaouJvGa67
This decision however will not affect the ongoing distribution of the local and internationally controversial anti-coronavirus remedy COVID Organics (CVO).
The unproven remedy is available in tea and pill form and was touted as a cure for Covid-19 by President Andry Rajoelina.
Madagascar is one of the last countries on the continent to launch a vaccination campaign.
The Malagasy government will now have to take the challenge of orchestration with newly-decided large scale operation — in particular the logistics of putting in place the cold chain essential for the conservation of the vaccines.
There is no cure for coronavirus, according to the World Health Organization