East Africa to roll-out cross border Covid-19 vaccination

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Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia have agreed to roll-out cross  border Covid-19 vaccinations. 

This was agreed following bilateral meetings held  between the countries as the region seeks to enhance vaccination as a key intervention in  the pandemic response. 

Health Cabinet Secretary Senator Mutahi Kagwe Friday, held talks with Health Ministers  from Ethiopia (Dr. Lia Tadesse), Tanzania (Dr. Dorothy Gwajima  Oneshphoro) and Uganda (Afifa Kawooya Bangirana) to discuss ways to  collaborate and improve access and the uptake of vaccines in the region.  

Separately, CS Kagwe held discussions with Amira Elfadil Mohammed,  Commissioner for Health Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development at the African  Union Commission (AUC) and Dr. Christopher Bazivamo, Deputy Secretary General of  East African Community (EAC).  

The leaders agreed to have the region unite and speak with one voice in advocating for  equitable and enhanced access to Covid-19 vaccines through COVAX to meet the rising  demand for vaccination.  

The talks took place at the side lines of an event to launch the Africa CDC Eastern African  regional collaborating centre in Nairobi.

The centre will be established in Kenya to  enhance the capacity, capabilities and partnerships of Africa’s public health institutions  to detect and respond quickly and effectively to disease threats and outbreaks in the  continent


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