Algeria chairs AU Peace and Security Council meeting on access to vaccines in Africa

APS - 22 May 2021

ALGIERS- The African Union's Peace and Security Council (PSC) will hold a ministerial session on Saturday, under the chairmanship of Algeria, to examine the issue of access of the African continent to anti-Covid-19 vaccines.

The meeting, which will be chaired by Foreign Minister Sabri Boukadoum, will review the situation of the pandemic in Africa.

Several issues will be raised during the ministerial meeting, notably the poor distribution of vaccines around the world.

Until early May, more than 1.1 billion doses of Covid vaccine have been administered, of which more than 80% in high-income and upper-middle-income countries, while low-income countries have only received 0.2 %, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The ministers will also examine the possible impacts of the pandemic on health sector, but also economy. The duration of the pandemic might have a serious impact on the work of the African Free Trade Area.

The repercussions of the pandemic on the implementation of other AU programs, notably the one on "Silencing the Guns" is also in the heart of the concerns of the AU leaders.

In this regard, they call for considering Covid-19 vaccines as global public health goods, as provided for in the UN resolution 2565 adopted in 2021.

The participants at the PSC meeting will also discuss the measures taken by the AU, including the creation of the Special Fund to fight Covid-19, the African Medicines Supply Platform or even partnership actions aimed at accelerating the screening of populations.

The AU has taken steps to facilitate the procurement of vaccines for the benefit of member countries by setting up a team responsible for initiating the procurement of vaccines (AVATT).