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Africa Looks to China, Russia to Boost Scant Vaccine Supplies

  • Potential Covid-19 vaccine trial partnerships under discussion
  • Africa CDC in talks with Afreximbank to help fund immunization
Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and the African Union have discussed Covid-19 vaccine trial partnerships with both China and Russia, part of an effort to ensure Africa is not last in the queue for vaccines when they become available.

“We are not limiting ourselves to any particular partner,” John Nkengasong, head of Africa CDC, said Tuesday at the Bloomberg Invest Africa online conference. “As a continent of 1.2 billion people, we are willing to work with any partner who adheres to our strategy plan for vaccine development and access in Africa.”