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Africa Union secures 270 million COVID-19 vaccine doses: Ramaphosa

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is the African Union chair, said in a statement that the African Vaccine Acquisition Task Team has secured a provisional 270 million COVID-19 vaccine doses for African countries

Reuters , Wednesday 13 Jan 2021
 South African President Cyril Ramaphosa
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa (Reuters)
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The African Vaccine Acquisition Task Team has secured a provisional 270 million COVID-19 vaccine doses for African countries, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday.

"As a result of our own efforts we have so far secured a commitment of a provisional amount of 270 million vaccines from three major suppliers: Pfizer, AstraZeneca (through Serum Institute of India) and Johnson & Johnson," Ramaphosa, who is the African Union chair, said in a statement.

Ramaphosa said all 270 million doses would be made available this year, with at least 50 million available "for the crucial period of April to June 2021". 

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