The Africa Medical Supplies Platform (AMSP), African Union‘s non-profit initiative to provide an immediate, integrated and practical response to the Covid-19 pandemic, on behalf of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), has today commenced the COVID-19 vaccines pre-order programme for all 55 African Union Member States.
Afreximbank will facilitate payments by providing advance procurement commitment guarantees of up to US$2B to the manufacturers on behalf of the Member States.
“Afreximbank is proud to expand its support to African economies in their bid to contain the pandemic. Our vaccine financing facility builds on the success of our Pandemic Trade Impact Mitigation Facility (PATIMFA) to open access to COVID 19 vaccines to African states based on a whole-of-Africa approach favoured by the African Union”, said Prof. Benedict Oramah, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank).
“By providing advance procurement commitment guarantees of up to US$2B to candidate vaccine manufacturers, Afreximbank will ensure that African States are able to rapidly access COVID-19 vaccines, at competitive prices and in a timely manner thereby contributing to saving lives and livelihoods”, he added.
To support vaccination operations, the Africa Medical Supplies Platform has also launched a new category on vaccine accessories which will help Member States to procure products such as ultra-low temperature freezers, personal protection equipment, cotton wool rolls, syringes and needles.
The announcement comes following the announcement by the African Union Chairperson, President Cyril Ramaphosa who, on the 14th of January 2021 stated that the African Union had secured a provisional 270 million COVID-19 vaccine doses from Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca. AMSP, however, will act as a more democratic, equitable single-source platform enabling faster, more transparent and cost-effective access to COVID-19 supplies for all African Union Member States.
“The biggest challenges to COVID-19 vaccine access in Africa have been financing of the vaccines and the logistics of vaccinating at scale, but we are glad that this gap is being filled by the Afreximbank financing facility. The critical decision now is how to get started so that once we start there will be no disruptions and this is where AMSP will play a very big role,” said Dr John Nkengasong, Director of Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).
“From today onwards African Union Member States will be able to start placing online pre orders for their vaccines allocation through the Africa Medical Supplies Platform (www.AMSP.africa),” said Fatoumata Bâ, Founder & Executive Chair of Janngo and Managing Partner of Janngo Capital. “We are proud to participate in giving direct access to cutting edge COVID-19 vaccines through Africa; This is essential to protect our people and reopen our economies.” he concluded.