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“The Third Way” by Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria, the new chairman of the World Trade Organization (WTO), has promised that she will try “The third way” In this way, every country can equitably obtain a vaccine against Covid-19. She took action on Wednesday, April 14. Bring together more than fifty representatives of the government, pharmaceutical companies and civil society.
Starting from the first meeting held behind closed doors, people first expected an inventory of the obstacles to mass production of vaccines. Discussed the issue of the temporary cancellation of patents and intellectual property rights that oppose the countries of the North and the South, as well as the issue of export restrictions that certain governments are trying to impose to protect their people. This is also a problem, that is, to mobilize the poorest countries to have their own production capacity. This is a problem.
On all these issues, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala believes that the WTO is part of the solution. “We agree that it is unacceptable for people and countries to wait indefinitely for the vaccine. We agree not to repeat the same mistakes.” She decided at the end of the meeting and set a list of her goals to achieve “Participate” Results for the next few months.
For its part, in the first two days, the African Union (AU) has spoken nearly 90 experts on the same topic. On this occasion, the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC-Africa) announced that it has established a partnership with the Epidemic Prevention Innovation Alliance (CEPI). The foundation is funded by states and charitable organizations and will support research and development projects on the African continent.
The Senegalese government has stated that the Dakar Pasteur Institute, with financial support from the European Union (EU), aims to produce a vaccine against Covid-19 from 2022. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), only 2% of COVID-19 vaccines administered globally are in Africa.