As new COVID-19 variants continue to surge with third world countries suffering most, the President of African Development Bank, AfDB, Akinwumi Adesina has posited that the Africa must accelerate manufacturing of its own vaccine.
According to him, Africa must no longer outsource health security of its 1.8 billion people to the benevolence of others.
He said “Africa must accelerate the manufacturing of its own vaccines and set up its own “healthcare security defence system”.
He also said that “Africa must no longer outsource health security of its 1.8 billion people to the benevolence of others.
Adeshina added that “There must be global justice, equity and fairness in access to vaccines. Global vaccine supply system has underserved Africa. Protecting one’s home alone in the midst of a forest fire does not work. Put out the forest fire.
He firther said that “Africa should not be labelled and penalized for COVID-19 variants and mutations that occur randomly elsewhere in the world. Africa is not the source of COVID-19,”.