US News Covid-19: Macron considers "inexplicable and intolerable" that Africa is at a disadvantage in access to vaccines
Covid-19: South Africa suspends its vaccinations after the limited results of AstraZeneca on its variant
© Provided by Le Parisien Le Parisien After publication of a study with mixed results on the British vaccine, the South Africa is reviewing its program. The country announced on Sunday to temporarily suspend its vaccination campaign against Covid-19, which was to start in the coming days with a million vaccines developed by Oxford and AstraZeneca.
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.
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)
Emmanuel Macron wants to strengthen the fight against Al-Qaida in the Sahel
Your browser does not support this video Emmanuel Macron insisted on Tuesday February 16, addressing the G5 Sahel summit in N'Djamena, on the need to strengthen both the fight against jihadist groups affiliated with Al-Qaida and the return of the state to the abandoned territories of the region.
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.
Coronavirus: Is the European resolution on optional vaccination binding?
This text, adopted at the end of January by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe concerning vaccination against Covid-19, is at the heart of an online debate © ALLILI MOURAD / SIPA The vaccine, the Covid-19 and Europe (illustration).
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.
jri / jk / cbn / thm
© Agence France-Presse
Covid-19: the strategy of the Twenty-Seven suspended on the arrival of vaccines .
© POOL / REUTERS The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, upon his arrival in the room where the videoconference between heads of 'State, Thursday, February 25, in Brussels. Correspondent in Brussels The meetings of the Twenty-Seven devoted to Covid-19 have been going on since last year on a monthly basis. And Member States seem, once again, to find it increasingly difficult to move forward together. By 2020, tensions had crystallized over border closures.