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US News Covid-19: Macron considers "inexplicable and intolerable" that Africa is at a disadvantage in access to vaccines

23:17  17 february  2021
23:17  17 february  2021 Source:   parismatch.com

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President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron met in particular with his Egyptian counterparts Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, Senegalese Macky Sall, South African Cyril Ramaphosa, from Democratic Republic of Congo Félix Tshisekedi and Comoros Azali Assoumani.

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French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday judged "inexplicable and intolerable" the slowness of the start of the vaccination campaign against Covid-19 in Africa, a victim of inequality "between poor countries and rich in access to vaccines, during a videoconference with African leaders.

"We must respond to this glaring inequality", declared the president while speaking with his Egyptian counterparts Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, Senegalese Macky Sall, South African Cyril Ramaphosa, from the Democratic Republic of Congo Félix Tshisekedi and Comoros Azali Assoumani, as well as with the president of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki and John Nkengasong, director for Africa of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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This meeting aimed to "identify the priority areas of effort" of African countries in order to "bring their voices" to the video conference on Friday of G7 leaders which will be co Partly sacred to the crisis, said the French presidency.

"The slowness of the vaccination campaign in poor countries, especially in Africa, is inexplicable and intolerable," said Emmanuel Macron, and "we are at a moment of truth if we want to act more effectively". "Morality and well-understood interest" demand it because "if we do not eradicate this virus all over the world, it will continue to turn and make variants".

This situation is due to the "bottleneck" in the production of vaccines at the global level and in the distribution, according to him.

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For him, the priorities are "to increase production capacities" in Africa, drawing inspiration from the "Indian model", but also "to impose transparency on the price of vaccines on the part of manufacturers". Because, according to him, it is not acceptable that certain African countries buy more expensive doses than Western countries.

He also proposed that the G7 agree to give a "common mandate" to the WHO (health) and the WTO (trade) to "remove the barriers" to access to the vaccine, considered as a " common good".

Emmanuel Macron has participated in recent days in several meetings on this issue, with the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, then with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as well as with the founders of Act -AT. This mechanism launched by the UN with the support of several countries aims to facilitate access to treatment for all and, through its Covax system, to distribute at least two billion doses of vaccines in nearly 100 emerging countries.

Emmanuel Macron estimated at the end of 2020 that global access to the vaccine would be "a very good test" for a "new multilateralism", while declaring to fear that some countries would favor "vaccine diplomacy". Several African countries have recently received the first batches of vaccine donated by China.

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