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SADC unveils Grand plans

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 President Lazarus Chakwera yesterday closed the 41st Sadc Heads of State and Government Summit with an appeal to leaders to commit to enhancing regional integration by implementing plans to establish a regional central bank and parliament.

In their communiqué at the end of the two-day summit held in Lilongwe under the theme Bolstering Productive Capacities in the Face of Covid-19 Pandemic for Inclusive, Sustainable, Economic and Industrial Transformation, the leaders also called for enhanced fight against the Covid-19 pandemic and terrorism in the 16-member regional bloc.

The communiqué also reaffirmed the commitment to establish a central bank and a monetary union as well as turning the Sadc Parliamentary Forum into a fully-fledged Parliament.

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Chakwera speaks at the close of the summit yesterday

It reads in part: “Summit reaffirmed Sadc’s position that the creation of the Sadc Central Bank and Monetary Union, as a long-term objective to be premised on fulfilling preconditions that include the harmonisation of the fiscal and monetary policies of Sadc countries and greater convergence of banking systems.

“In this regard, the African Monetary Institute and the African Central Bank should be long-term objectives.”

In his statement at the end of the summit as new Sadc chairperson, Chakwera said time had come for the region to rebuild and harness potential for productivity.

He said: “Now is the time for us to fully unleash our people’s entrepreneurial capabilities. Now is the time for us to set up production linkages for achieving structural and industrial transformation. Now is the time for us to turn the Sadc we want into the Sadc we enjoy.

“Clearly, the kind of socio-economic transformation we envision cannot be achieved without industrialisation.”

Chakwera also mentioned value addition and diversification from raw materials as key to implementing the Sadc Industrialisation Strategy and Roadmap.

The summit also officially swore in new Sadc executive secretary Elias Mpedi Magosi of Botswana who replaced Tanzanian Stergomena Lawrence Tax.

But reacting to the proposed Sadc parliament and central bank, international relations expert Eddie Kalonga described both projects as ambitious.

He said they may also take a long time to become a reality and would prove difficult to implement.

Kalonga said: “These two ambitious projects are critical for the bloc. It’s part of alignment to the Agenda 2063 of the AU [African Union] which is a blueprint for creation of borderless Africa.

“It needs serious and committed political will. Looking at the international.” politics arena, it will require a lot of time to make this dream a reality. There are questions of sovereignty; finding the right modalities will not be easy

In a separate interview, University of Malawi economics professor Ben Kaluwa said while the plan to create a central bank for the bloc was good for the region, it would be difficult to implement.

He said: “They have been talking about currency convergence for a long time; this step appears to be a move towards monetary union. Creation of the bank doesn’t have to be a physical building. The central bank can be diffused.

“ Key issues we must grapple with is the divergence in the per formance of the currencies, Zambia had a weak currency, but today is one of the strongest. The litmus test will be to line up all these currencies and compare their value to the US dollar and come up with a currency union.”

On security, the summit endorsed an action plan for the implementation of the Security Threats Report.

The summit, according to the communiqué, also received a briefing on the security situation in Cabo Delgado Province in the northern part of Mozambique. The meeting also resolved to establish a Regional Counter Terrorism Centre to be based in Tanzania

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Remarks by World Bank Group President David Malpass to the Summit of the Heads of State of the Central African Economic and Monetary Community

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TROIKA FACT-FINDING NOT ON SADC SUMMIT AGENDA

MBABANE – The report on the SADC Troika fact-finding mission to Eswatini was not part of the issues endorsed or deliberated upon during the recently ended 41st Ordinary Summit of SADC Heads of State and government.

At least this is according to a communiqué which was issued at the end of the summit yesterday. The summit was held in Malawi, where Dr Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera, President of the Republic of Malawi, was Chairperson of SADC, Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, was announced as the incoming chairperson SADC.

Report

Instead, the summit received a report of the outgoing Chairperson of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, Dr Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi, President of the Republic of Botswana, and commended him for his outstanding leadership and continued efforts to address peace and security threats during the year, notwithstanding challenges posed by COVID-19. The summit received a progress report from the SADC Facilitator to the Kingdom of Lesotho, Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa, on the implementation of SADC decisions in Lesotho, and commended the Kingdom of Lesotho for progress made in implementing SADC decisions and the ongoing reforms.  “Summit also urged the Kingdom of Lesotho to expedite completion of the ongoing reforms, and to continue with peace, transitional justice and reconciliation process to engender national unity, and bring national healing and cohesion,” reads the communiqué in part. According to the communiqué, the summit recommended an extension of the mandate of the National Reform Authority for a period of six months, from October 30, 2021 to April 30, 2022.

Updates

It was further revealed that the summit received updates on the security situation in Cabo Delgado Province, in Northern part of the Republic of Mozambique, and commended SADC Member States for pledging personnel and providing financial support towards the deployment of SADC Standby Force to Mozambique. Meanwhile, it was also revealed that the summit endorsed an action plan for the implementation of security threats report, and urged member States to implement interventions contained in the plan. The report was however, presented at Troika level and was not readily available for public consumption.

Other resolutions from the summit:

Summit commended the United Republic of Tanzania for offering to host the Regional Counter Terrorism Centre, which will offer dedicated and strategic advisory services to the region on terrorism threats.
Summit approved the transformation of the SADC Parliamentary Forum into a SADC Parliament as a consultative and a deliberative body.
Summit expressed concern and objected to the unilateral decision taken by the African Union Commission to grant the State of Israel Observer Status to the African Union.
Summit approved the Protocol on Statistics and an Agreement Amending the SADC Protocol on Energy.
Summit noted that an Agreement Amending the SADC Protocol on the Control of Firearms, Ammunition and Other Related Materials; and an Agreement Regarding the Status of SADC Standby Force and its Components Deployed within the Region for Purposes of Training, Peace Support Operation, Exercises and Humanitarian Assistance were going to be signed by Member States who were ready to do so.
Summit reaffirmed SADC’s position that the creation of the SADC Central Bank and Monetary Union, as a long-term objective to be premised on fulfilling pre-conditions that include, the harmonisation of the fiscal and monetary policies of SADC countries, and greater convergence of banking systems. In this regard, the African Monetary Institute and the African Central Bank should, be long-term objectives.
Summit reiterated its call on the unconditional removal of sanctions imposed on the Republic of Zimbabwe, and support Zimbabwe in the ongoing socio-economic strengthening efforts.
 Summit expressed concern on the implications of the Post-Cotonou Agreement and the Neighbourhood Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI) in terms of potential risks to fragment ACP countries; weaken Regional Economic Communities, shift agenda setting powers from Member States to other Parties, and directed the SADC Secretariat to submit SADC’s preliminary concerns to the European Union Commission.
Summit approved the appointment of Mr Elias Mpedi Magosi as the new Executive Secretary of SADC.
29. Summit noted that the next Summit will take place in the Democratic Republic of Congo in August 2022.

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نيجيريا: على الرغم من ارتفاع حالات الإصابة بفيروس Covid-19 في لاغوس ، أعادت UNILAG فتح بيوت الشباب.

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وقالت الجامعة إنه تم اتخاذ الإجراءات المناسبة لمواجهة عودة ظهور الفيروس في الحرم الجامعي.

على الرغم من ارتفاع حالات الإصابة بفيروس كورونا والوفيات المصاحبة لها في نيجيريا ، أعلنت السلطات في جامعة لاغوس (UNILAG) ، أكوكا ، استئناف الأنشطة البدنية في الحرم الجامعي الرئيسي.

وبحسب بيان موقع من مسجل المؤسسة ، أولاديجو عزيز ، كان ذلك لغرض امتحان الفصل الدراسي الثاني ، والمقرر أن يبدأ في 26 أغسطس.

يأتي هذا الإعلان بعد ستة أسابيع بالضبط من إغلاق الجامعة فجأة لمنازلها بسبب ارتفاع حالات انتشار الوباء بين الطلاب في الحرم الجامعي.

عادت الجامعة فجأة إلى نمط الدراسة عبر الإنترنت في يوليو ، متهمة الطلاب بعدم مراعاة البروتوكولات الموضوعة ضد انتشار المرض.

ولكن في الوقت الذي تعيد فيه الجامعة فتح أبوابها للأنشطة البدنية ، أعلنت نظيرتها في إبادان ، عاصمة ولاية أويو ، عن تبنيها للأنشطة الأكاديمية عبر الإنترنت والمادية في حرمها الجامعي.

اتخذت السلطات في جامعة إبادان القرار بعد تسجيل الوفيات المأساوية لثلاثة أساتذة بارزين بسبب مرض فيروس كورونا.

كان ديفيد أولالي ، أحد علماء الفيروسات الراحل ، شخصية رئيسية في المعركة ضد الوباء في ولاية أويو.

تم تأبين السيد Olaleye من قبل كل من حاكم الولاية ، Seyi Makinde ، وزملاؤه ، الذين قالوا إنه جاهد لإنقاذ البشرية "من خلال أبحاث متسقة مدفوعة بالتأثير".

جدول UNILAG

وفقًا للمسجل ، من المتوقع أن يستأنف طلاب المستوى 100 و 200 ، الذين تمت محاسبتهم على دراساتهم العامة (GST) بين 26 و 28 أغسطس ، العودة إلى النزل في 26 أغسطس.

هذه الفئات من الطلاب ، وفقًا للجدول الزمني الذي أصدرته الجامعة ، من المتوقع إخلاء النزل في أو قبل 11 سبتمبر 2021 ، بينما من المتوقع أن ينتقل طلاب كلية الحقوق بمستوى 500 وجميع طلاب المستوى 300 إلى النزل في 28 أغسطس و 11 سبتمبر على التوالي.

وأشار الجدول الزمني أيضًا إلى أنه من المقرر أن ينتقل 400 طالب ومستوى 500 آخرين من أقسام وكليات أخرى إلى النزل في 18 سبتمبر ويغادرون في 26 سبتمبر.

تدبير ضد الجائحة

في غضون ذلك ، قالت الجامعة إنه تم اتخاذ الإجراءات المناسبة لمواجهة عودة ظهور الفيروس في الحرم الجامعي. هذا حيث يتم تحذير الطلاب بالابتعاد عن النزل إذا لم يكونوا شاغلين قانونيين.

وأشار السيد عزيز ، في البيان ، إلى أن جميع القواعد واللوائح المعمول بها مع العقوبات المرتبطة بها التي توجه الإقامة في النزل لا تزال سارية للامتثال من قبل جميع الطلاب.

وقال إنه من المتوقع أيضًا أن يلتزم جميع شاغلي النزل المؤهلين بإرشادات الدخول إلى النزل.

البيان يقرأ في جزء ؛ "يُتوقع من الطلاب المؤهلين الالتزام الصارم بإرشادات القبول في قاعات الإقامة ويجب أن يكون هؤلاء الطلاب مسجلين على النحو الواجب في امتحانات الفصل الدراسي الثاني ، وأن يكونوا جاهزين دائمًا لارتداء أقنعة الوجه ، واستخدام معقمات اليد ، وأيضًا الالتزام بمساحات أسرتهم فقط. .

"يجب عليهم أيضًا تقديم جدول الفحص الملون لفحوصات الفصل الدراسي الثاني 2019/2020 ؛ تقديم زجاجة من مطهر اليد – بحد أدنى 500 مل ؛ تقديم ، على الأقل ، 10 قطع من أقنعة الوجه ؛ ارتداء قناع الوجه داخل وخارج النزل في جميع الأوقات ، واستخدم فقط مساحات الأسرة المخصصة لهم ".

العزلة المتاحة

من أجل الاسترشاد بالاحتمالات غير المرغوبة ، قالت الجامعة إنه تم اتخاذ الترتيبات مع ذراع المستشفى التعليمي ومستشفى عام قريب مملوك من قبل حكومة ولاية لاغوس لعزل محتمل للحالات.

"من أجل ضمان سلامة الموظفين والطلاب خلال هذه الفترة ، ستلتزم الجامعة بدقة بجميع بروتوكولات COVID-19. وقد تم اتخاذ ترتيبات خاصة مع مستشفى جامعة لاغوس التعليمي (LUTH) ومستشفى غباغادا العام من أجل العزل والعلاج اللازمين عن أي حالة إصابة بفيروس كوفيد -19 أثناء الفحوصات ".

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What is being done to distribute COVID-19 vaccines globally?

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LONDON (AP) — What is being done to distribute COVID-19 vaccines globally?

Several groups are working to get shots to poor countries, but they’re falling far short of what’s needed to curb outbreaks around the world.

Among the efforts is COVAX, which relies on donations from rich countries and private funders. The group has missed its own distribution targets largely because it didn’t have the resources to secure vaccine supplies early on in the pandemic.

As of mid-August, COVAX has distributed about 207 million doses to 138 countries and territories. That’s compared with more than 417 million doses distributed in just the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

COVAX was created last year to try and ensure vaccines are distributed fairly and is led by public health agencies including the World Health Organization. Without enough purchased vaccines, COVAX is now relying on donated shots from wealthy countries, but most of the pledged doses won’t be delivered this year.

Logistics are another problem. To get vaccines from COVAX, countries have to show how they’ll distribute the shots and prioritize high-risk people like health workers and the elderly. But some countries that are in desperate need of vaccines haven’t been able to show they can carry out such plans and lack the funds to carry out immunization campaigns.

Other groups have been stepping in to help. In July, the African Union said it bought 400 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson shot for 45 African countries. China, Russia and the U.S. have donated millions of vaccines to countries. And in June, the leading industrial nations known as the Group of Seven said they would donate 1 billion doses to poor countries. The G-7 countries are Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States.

Still, that’s far short of the 11 billion doses WHO says are needed to stop the pandemic.

To protect people at high risk for severe illness in poor countries, WHO has urged rich countries to immediately donate more doses and to stop plans for immunizing children and giving booster doses.

“We are making conscious choices right now not to protect those in need,” said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

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State parties under AfCFTA urged to formulate policies to regulate digital currency regime

The Ghana International Trade and Finance Conference (GITFiC) has called on State parties under the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement to formulate policies for the regulation of the digital currency regime.

This, it said, would present a viable means to improve financial inclusion on the African continent,

Ms Bridget Agbenya, a Research Intern from Ashesi University at GITFiC, presenting the August 2021 Research Report, said the Conference wished to re-echo the recommendation given by the Vice President, Dr Mahamadu Bawumia on the need for the Pan-African Payment and Settlement Systems (PAPSS) architecture to allow national banks of State Parties to connect to ensure seamless operationalization and financial integration.

The Report was on the Impact of Digital Payment Systems in Facilitating Cross Border Trade under AfCFTA.

GITFiC’s August 2021 paper will consider an overview of digital payment and discuss the structure of digital payment systems with a focus on adopting a continental single digital currency, which is expected to facilitate the operationalization of the AfCFTA.

The AfCFTA is about to experience a system of digitalization process of transactions through the institution of the PAPSS, which is being developed under the supervision of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank).

The African Union Heads of State formally adopted this system in July 2019 to support the implementation of the AfCFTA.

PAPSS is expected to create new financial flows and successfully facilitate trade and other economic activities among African countries.

The PAPSS is anticipated to minimize the financial cost of cross-border trade and improve financial integration as well as boost intra- African trade and investment competitiveness.

The system will allow a small trader in Ghana to freely import goods from Sierra Leone, using the Ghana Cedi without thinking of his ability to buy a third currency, exchange and settlement costs and the length of time it takes for payment to arrive.

To facilitate the implementation of the PAPSS, Afreximbank has created a US$1bn AfCFTA adjustment facility to “enable countries to adjust in an orderly manner to sudden significant tariff revenue losses” which may be occasioned by the immediate implementation of the Agreement.

This will undoubtedly help in cushioning State Parties as they may lose some form of revenue under the tariff liberalization under the Agreement.

She said there was the need for governments to encourage and invest adequately in financial technology (fintech) particularly startup businesses to boost technology transfer.

The Research Assistant said since cross border trade across the continent was largely informal, it was recommended that the programme should build institutional capacity among stakeholders and businesses, particularly in the informal sector.

Ms Agbenya said AfCFTA Secretariat should assure and guarantee that at least one per cent of all Transactional Revenues under the PAPSS were remitted to Central Banks of the contracting State Parties.

“This, we at GITFIC, believes will spike the interest and commitment in ensuring the success of the PAPSS,” she added.

She said the emergence of digital currencies such as Bitcoin and Litecoin have attracted significant attention with Ghana having started a pilot exercise on a digital currency known as ‘e cedi’.

Mr Alex Nortey, President of Ghana Chamber of Commerce, said the goal of attaining socio-economic development on the continent could only be successful if “we set our focus on improving, deepening trade and ensuring a stable resilient financial system.”

He said, “I believe that some of these digital payment systems could eliminate such risks posed by these transfers of large amounts.”

“In electronic payments, you do not have to worry about withholding your payments details as you can provide details to your customers beforehand,” he said.

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Malami: Use Of Recovered Loot Subject To International Agreements — Not Domestic Laws

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Malami: Use Of Recovered Loot Subject To International Agreements — Not Domestic Laws
AGF, Abubakar Malami

Attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami has expressed that stolen funds recovered from foreign countries are subject to international agreements by the parties involved.

He stated this in a statement signed by Umar Gwandu, Malami’s spokesperson, on Tuesday, to a report that attorneys-general of the 36 states sued the AGF over the alleged failure of the federal government to remit recovered funds into the federation account.

The minister said such recoveries are not subject to local legislation in view of multiple sovereignties involved.

Malami, in the statement, said there is no particular provision in Nigeria’s Revenue Mobilisation and Fiscal Commission Act to address the usage of such funds.

“Revenue Mobilisation and Fiscal Commission Act has nothing specific on funds recovered from indicted public officers. It merely mentions accruals and disbursement of revenue from the federation account. So, questions of recovery of stolen funds from indicted public officers are appropriately dealt with by other relevant laws,” he said.

Also Read: States Sue Malami Over Remittance Of Recovered Funds

“It is, therefore, misleading to give the impression that such recoveries and usage of stolen funds and stashed abroad are provided for by the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission Act.

“One cannot situate rights and entitlements on looted funds and recovered assets with myopic and narrow understating of concepts of the application of local legislations.

“For the avoidance of doubt and the purpose of setting the record straight, the application of the looted funds can only be factored within the context of mutual understanding and negotiations of international and multifaceted jurisdictional and territorial legislative issues.

“The recovery of stolen assets and the subsequent uses to which these funds may be employed are subject to international agreements between Nigeria and the affected countries, thereby bringing conflict of laws into contemplation.

“Importantly also, these repatriated funds are based on cooperation and mutual assistance agreements, especially the United Nation Convention against Corruption and Implementation of the Global Forum on Asset Recovery (GFAR) Principles on the Repatriation of Stolen Assets. The African Union and the ECOWAS Protocols on recovery of illicit funds are equally relevant when it comes to the role of Nigeria in relation to its other partners.”

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105 000 vaccinated against Covid-19 in new daily record for Zim

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Thandeka Moyo-Ndlovu, Senior Health Reporter
A RECORD daily total of about 105 000 people were vaccinated against Covid-19 countrywide on Tuesday as more Zimbabweans embrace the programme.

The country aims to vaccinate about 10 million by the end of this year to achieve herd immunity.

The President Cde Mnangagwa is on record saying the country may return to “normal” faster once herd immunity is achieved.

Government has embarked on mass vaccination and this comes at a time when countries that have achieved herd immunity through vaccination have started to open up their economies.

These countries have since made optional, the previously mandatory wearing of face masks while social gatherings are no longer restricted.

Of those vaccinated on Tuesday, 53 978 received their first dose and the remainder got their second shots.

A total of 104 974 got their first or second jabs on Tuesday.

“Our vaccination update shows that 53 978 people received their 1st dose on Tuesday bringing cumulative for 1st dose to 2 145 537 while 50 996 received their 2nd dose bringing cumulative for 2nd dose to 1 304 802,” said the Ministry.

As at August 17, 2021, Zimbabwe had 121 046 confirmed cases, including 100 211 recoveries and 4 156 deaths.

To date, 2 145 537 people have been vaccinated against Covid-19.

Zimbabwe has been making great strides to protect its citizens against the Covid-19 pandemic and is among leading countries  in Africa in the procurement of vaccines. The country has paid for at least 12 million Covid-19 vaccine doses.

Zimbabwe is among the top eight countries in Africa in terms of administering vaccines and has a roll out plan that has proved to be the most successful in Southern Africa.

The country together with Lesotho, Egypt and Morocco join the likes of the United States, Canada, Japan, Canada and Brazil in successfully rolling out the vaccination campaign.

President Mnangagwa’s administration set aside US$100 million for the purchase of vaccines and US$93 million has so far been spent as Government pushes to vaccinate at least 10 million people to achieve a 60 percent herd immunity.

Zimbabwe acquired just over 12 million vaccines through direct purchase and has also joined the African Union (AU) vaccine facility after paying US$7,5 million.

To date, the country has received 6,875 million doses of Sinopharm, Sinovac, Sputnik V and X Covaxin vaccines.

By the end of July, a total of 2 413 509 doses had been administered, of which 1 645 599 were first doses and 767 910 were second jabs.

According to statistics from the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 4,66 percent of Zimbabweans have been fully vaccinated.

Statistics from the Ministry of Health and Child Care show that on Monday a total of 56 729 people received their Covid-19 doses up from 54 349 the previous day.

On Saturday last week the total figure stood at 41 653 down from 94 714 recorded on Friday.

A total of 81 201 people received their jabs on Thursday last week, up from 43 753 the previous day.

The country’s response to the global pandemic received the much-needed societal support after President Mnangagwa’s declaration of the pandemic as a state of disaster from the outset and treating the financing of the response as an exceptionally high priority.

Health and Child Care Deputy Minister Dr John Mangwiro said the response was destined for success, crediting the foresight of President Mnangagwa who availed funds for the procurement of vaccines well ahead of time.

“We have also ensured that these vaccines are kept in accordance with manufacturers specifications.

“Health officials have been on a mass vaccination campaign telling people about the benefits of the vaccines and this has helped to quell the safety pessimism that has been raised in some quarters,” said Dr [email protected]

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Zimbabwe legislators ratify establishment of African Medicines Agency

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Traditional medicine herbs e1520688070227Zimbabwe legislators yesterday ratified the African Medicines Agency, which seeks to promote traditional African medicines, with medical doctor Ruth Labode saying she did not understand why it had taken so long for the government to bring the issue up as it will benefit the country.

The African Medicines Agency was adopted by the African Union in February 2019.

“I fail to understand why it has taken us so long to make that decision because Zimbabwe can benefit from it.   Obviously, we cannot isolate ourselves as if we are a big manufacturing company to be able to compete in the world, especially in African for exports of drugs,” Labode said.

“For bulk manufacturing, we would need to come together as a continent.  Right now, the reason why we have such expensive drugs and why our small companies are failing to compete is because India produces in bulk for the UN, the whole world and when the product lands here, it is cheaper than the one produced here.

“So, I think NEPAD has come up with a very good proposal, that let us come together and put our resources together and say for example Zimbabwe, go and produce ARVs, South Africa produce this and you produce that.  Let us export to each other at controlled prices.  This is good for Zimbabwe and Africa.”

Several other legislators supported the ratification.

In May Zimbabwe legislators said the government must set aside a budget to develop and promote traditional medicines. [Here is what they said]

Below is yesterday’s debate

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Ghana receives 249,000 AstraZeneca vaccines from the UK government

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• Ghana has received another batch of AstraZeneca vaccines

• The country is already vaccinating its populace with the Johnson & Johnson single-shot vaccines

• This new batch of vaccines is from the UK government

Ghana has received an extra 249,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines from the United Kingdom government.

This was announced by the UK government through its official Twitter handle, @UKinGhana and retweeted by the Ministry of Health, Ghana, handle @mohgovgh.

“This morning 249,000 Flag of United Kingdom-donated #COVID19 vaccines arrived at #Kotoka Int. Airport, now they are being transported across Flag of Ghana to health workers, those most in need & those waiting for their 2nd dose. Thank you to our partners: @_GHSofficial, @UNICEF, @gavi, @CEPIvaccines & @mohgovgh,” the tweet read.

Retweeting this, the Ministry of Health page wrote, “AstraZeneca vaccine. Thank you @UK Government.”

On August 8, Ghana took delivery of its first batch of 177,600 Johnson & Johnson vaccines to augment the national vaccination exercise against the Coronavirus.

The Johnson & Johnson single-shot Coronavirus vaccines is the first of monthly supplies under an arrangement with the African Union, making the country one of the first in the region to receive the vaccines that were manufactured in Africa, the Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, said in the statement.

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