Russia Offers 300mln million Sputnik V doses for Africa

ADDIS ABABA – African Union has received an offer of 300 million Sputnik V vaccines from the Russian Federation, its task team said on Friday.

The offer includes a financing package for any member states wishing to secure this vaccine, said the Africa Vaccine Acquisition Task Team [AVATT]. AU set up AVATT to acquire additional vaccine doses so that Africa can attain a target immunization of 60%.

“We are grateful to receive the Sputnik V vaccines from the Russian Federation and tremendously proud to be able to offer them on the AMSP for our AU Member States,” said Dr John Nkengasong, Director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).

“Bilateral and private sector partnerships such as these are critical in our efforts to bring the COVID-19 pandemic to an end,” he added.

With these additional 300 million Sputnik V vaccines, AMSP accelerates online COVID-19 vaccines pre-orders for the 55 African Union member states, according to AVATT.

While details, including clinical and technical information, are now accessible on the Africa Medical Supplies Platform (AMSP), Sputnik V vaccines will be available for a period of 12 months commencing by May 2021, the Team reported.

It also urged governments of AU member states to start the pre-order process as of Friday.

Meanwhile, AVATT advises that the 270 million doses previously secured from AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnsons were all taken up by the first allocation phase deadline through the African Medical Supplies Platform (AMSP).

African Union member states that wish to secure funding should approach the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) through their Central Banks, as has been the case with the other vaccines that have been on offer, it said

The Board of Afreximbank, last week, approved the USD$ 2 billion Advance Purchase Commitment for the participating suppliers, allowing the finalization of supply contracts.