Gates Foundation donates $ 250 million to fight Covid-19 outbreak

Bill Gates said: “Innovations will only survive when they leave the world”.

Johannesburg, South Africa:

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation said Thursday it had pledged $ 250 million in additional funding for a global campaign to fight the coronovirus outbreak.

Part of the funds will be sent to Co-Saharan Africa and parts of South Asia for the delivery of life-saving doses of Covid-19 vaccines.

“We have new drugs and more potential vaccines than we might have expected at the start of the year,” Bill Gates said in a statement.

“But these innovations will only save lives if they are released into the world,” he said.

Financing is one of the biggest obstacles for Africa, which is home to some of the poorest countries in the world.

The World Health Organization has identified three percent of Africans to be vaccinated by March 2021 and 20 percent by the end of next year.

But he said only a quarter of the continent’s 47 countries had adequate resource and funding plans.

The coordinator of the Gates Foundation’s response to Covid-19 in Africa, Solomon Zeddu, said part of the funds announced Thursday would help ensure vaccines reach an estimated 780 million people across the continent.

Zewdu told AFP in a virtual interview that it is important to ensure that “vaccines are actually funded to find their way to the less admired corners of the continent and Africa”.

“Attention must now say… how we get these vaccines beyond the tarmacs of particular airports, as you know at Addis Ababa airport, Kinshasa, Lagos, communities and vaccination of people. populations. Until that is done, we cannot do it.

WHO estimates that “priority” population areas in Africa will need $ 5.7 billion to receive the vaccine, as well as 15-20% for deliveries, syringes and other injected materials.

More than 2.3 million cases have been reported in Africa, of which 54,800 are fatal.

South Africa, which is the continent’s worst-hit country with more than 828,000 cases, said on Wednesday it had now entered a second wave of epidemics.

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