MTN donates vaccines to 9 African countries
26 March 2021 | Business
Africa CDC Director John Nkengasong told a news conference that Ghana, Gambia, Liberia, Guinea Bissau, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Senegal, Mauritius and Togo had received doses from the South African telecoms company.
Several other countries, including South Sudan and Malawi, are due to receive doses in the coming days.
MTN is donating US$25 million to support the African Union vaccination programme. The doses will be distributed to health workers across the bloc's 55 member states, MTN said this week.
African countries have begun vaccinating their citizens only in recent weeks after richer countries secured early supplies.
Africa is relying primarily on free doses from the World Health Organization-backed COVAX vaccine-sharing facility, which aims to secure 2 billion vaccine doses by the end of 2021.- Nampa/Reuters