Africa: France Backs COVID Vaccines for Africa
LONDON, 19 February 2021 – French President Emmanuel Macron has called on Europe and the United States to allocate up to five percent of their COVID-19 vaccine supplies to less developed nations.
“Transferring three percent to five percent of the vaccines we have in stock to Africa” would not affect domestic inoculation programs in rich Western nations, Macron said Friday.
The French leader made the proposal during an interview with the London-based Financial Times newspaper.
The excess doses would be provided to the COVAX initiative.
COVAX is one of three pillars of the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, which was launched in April 2020 by the World Health Organization (WHO), the European Commission and France.
Its mission is to accelerate the development and manufacture of COVID-19 vaccines, as well as diagnosis and treatments, and guarantee rapid, fair and equitable access to them for people all over the world.
It brings together governments, global health organizations, manufacturers, scientists, private sector, civil society and philanthropy.
Macron spoke ahead of Friday’s virtual summit of the world’s seven richest countries (G7).
The French leader acknowledged that inoculating Africans is really “in the interest of the French and the Europeans” and citizens of other rich countries.
The new coronavirus will not be brought under control anywhere in the world unless it is brought under control everywhere around the globe, public health experts have not stopped reiterating.
“Today, I have more than ten million of our fellow citizens who have families on the other side of the Mediterranean,” Macron was cited as telling the Financial Times newspaper.
Some African countries are having to buy Western vaccines at over the price paid by European Union member countries, Macron regretted.
A commentator on state-run Malian radio on Friday likened Macron’s concerns to “crocodile tears” shed at the funeral of a victim of a murder by the murderer himself.
The commentator referred to France’s poorly-veiled continued colonization of over a dozen African countries.
France’s policies are responsible for some of Africa’s worst cases of misery, poverty and death, and COVID-19 is one of the lest of those woes, the commentator said, mocking Macron’s affirmation to the Financial Times that the failure to share vaccines fairly would entrench global inequality.
As of Friday, 19 February 2021, at least 110 million people have been infected with the new coronavirus worldwide, with more than 2.4 million fatalities linked to health complications brought about by the virus.