By Raphael Oni
The Coalition for Dialogue on Africa (CoDA) in partnership with other Stakeholders in Africa is set to lunch an Independent Task Team on Equitable and Universal Access to Vaccines and Vaccination in Africa. Access to vaccines by African countries has been limited because of the almost total dependence on foreign countries for their human vaccine supplies.
The task team main objective is to support the African Union in its efforts to enable the participation of African private sector and civil society, through established African Union policy instruments, in generating demand for and enabling manufacturing and distribution of essential vaccines on the continent.
The launch will be held on Monday 21 June, 2021 in hybrid event format. Attendance will be both physically present at the Igbinedion University, Okada Town, Edo State, Nigeria and virtually. Panelists and Participants of the launch are already gathering in Edo State ahead of the event.
His Excellency Dr. Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Coalition for Dialogue on Africa (CoDA) will lead other important dignitaries to carry out the launching exercise.
The purpose of the team is to support efforts of researchers, the private sector and civil society in policy making to generate demand for vaccine development, production and distribution in Africa.
At a Press briefing earlier today media men were informed that, CoDA will unveil the Independent Task Team on the Development of Vaccines and Equitable, Universal Access to Vaccines and Vaccination in Africa at the Igbinedion University Okada (IUO).
The event will witness the gathering of some high-level guests from different parts of Africa. Journalists across Africa are already gathered at Edo State ahead of this all important event. Media men and other professionals have the responsibility of creating awareness for vaccines production in Africa.