The African Union has announced its plans to acquire about a hundred and ten million doses of the covid-19 vaccines from Moderna Inc. The company, Moderna is prepared to deliver the first 15 million doses to Africa later this year as part of an agreement facilitated by the united states.
An additional 35 million doses will be delivered in the first quarter of 2022 and up to 60 million doses in the second quarter. All doses are said to be offered at Moderna’s lowest tiered price.
“We believe our vaccine can play an important role in addressing the needs of low-income countries given its combination and efficacy against Covid-19, strong durability in the real-world evidence, and superior storage and handling conditions. “The chief executive of Moderna, Stéphane Bancel said in a statement.
This new deal would be in addition to Moderna’s agreement with Covax to supply up to 500m doses of its Covid-19 vaccine from the fourth quarter of 2021 through 2022. The Moderna vaccine is currently being administered in Nigeria, Ethiopia, Tunisia, Kenya, Ghana, Rwanda, Mali and Democratic Republic of Congo.
Meanwhile, only 5% of Africa’s population is fully vaccinated against Covid-19.