Kinshasa, April 13th, 2021 (CPA) .- The President of the Republic, Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, current President of the African Union (AU), reiterated his desire to « personally » support the establishment of the new health order in Africa, during his term as President of the Pan-African Organization.
The Head of State said it at the end, Tuesday, of the work held by videoconference, from April 12th to 13th, on « the expansion of vaccine production capacities on the African continent ».
He reassured that the reflections made during these meetings will not remain in the drawers, specifying that Dr. John Nkengasong of the CDC-Africa will ensure that this meeting benefits from a follow-up so that the recommended actions materialize. He reassured that, to do this, he will personally ensure that the empowerment of African centers for disease control and prevention is finalized at the end of his term.
For the President of the African Union, the initiative of the partnership for the manufacture of vaccines in Africa will focus on four points, namely the initiative to have at least five sites and / or manufacture of vaccines in Africa for a safe health on the continent; resource mobilization with bilateral, multilateral and private sector partners; technology transfer on the continent and strengthening of regional research sites.
The Head of State finally thanked all the participants who, for two days, adopted this partnership initiative, before welcoming the willingness of WHO to support African States in this process. This summit, it is recalled, aimed to reflect on a solution that will involve politicians, African Union (AU) executives, business leaders, foundations and manufacturers pharmaceutical products with a view to arriving at a roadmap for the effective growth of African capacity to produce vaccines.