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Webinar on strengthening vaccine delivery and uptake in Africa: How can research help?

February 21 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am

Join a diverse panel of experts who will share their insights and identify solutions to support and accelerate vaccine delivery and uptake in Africa at a webinar on February 21.We are hosting the second in our series of 90-minute webinars on the challenges of and opportunities for strengthening vaccine delivery and uptake in Africa. Please join us to learn more about this international effort.

The African Union set an ambitious objective of developing, producing and distributing at least 60% of the vaccines for Africa by 2040 and has established the Partnerships for African Vaccine Manufacturing to enhance the continent’s supply resilience. It aims to increase health security across the continent and globally. At present, less than 0.1% of the world’s vaccine supply is manufactured in Africa, and only 1% of vaccines deployed in Africa are manufactured on the continent.

Other partners, including Global Affairs Canada, the Mastercard Foundation and IDRC, are investing in this objective. Global Affairs Canada’s Global Initiative for Vaccine Equity has invested CAD317 million to increase COVID-19 vaccination among priority groups, reinforce health-system capacity and diversify vaccine manufacturing capacity in 12 target countries, most of which are in Africa. The Mastercard Foundation’s Saving Lives and Livelihoods program aims to secure vaccines for a minimum of 50 million individuals and facilitate the administration of vaccinations to millions more across Africa. IDRC is funding research to identify the challenges and issues associated with scaling vaccine manufacturing and distribution in Africa, and to accelerate the uptake and use of new vaccines as they are rolled out.The discussion will be hosted in English with live French interpretation.

This roundtable, co-sponsored by IDRC and Global Affairs Canada, is the second in a series to share information and identify ways to help overcome the challenges that lie ahead.

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