Covid-19 vaccine should be available to all—Mohammed. By Sellina Kainja

The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, has reiterated the need to make Covid-19 vaccine a global public good that should be available to everyone, everywhere.

Speaking at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa’s (ECA) Seventh session of the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD) currently underway in Brazzaville in the Republic of the Congo, Mohammed said the COVAX facility is a vehicle for ensuring equitable access.

“This is a matter of justice, fairness and self-interest. No is safe until everyone is safe,” she said adding that Africa is many months if not years, away from accessing sufficient doses to achieve adequate coverage.

Mohammed added that Covid-19 has pushed many African countries into poverty and has undermined efforts to achieve the sustainable development goals. She however, was quick to point out that the current situation, provides an opportunity for African countries to leverage all of Africa’s capacity and chart the new direction with the agenda 2030 and agenda 2063 as the guiding policies.

The agenda 2030, envisions a secure world free of poverty and hunger, with full and productive employment, access to quality education and universal health coverage, the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls, and an end to environmental degradation.

While agenda 2063 a strategic framework for the socio- economic transformation of the continent over the next 50 years. It builds on, and seeks to accelerate the implementation of past and existing continental initiatives for growth and sustainable development.