Africa CDC in talks with Pfizer to get coronavirus pill
Topics: AFRICA PFIZER
Africa CDC is working "hand in hand" and is in close discussion with the US drugmaker "to see what can be done to make the drugs available on the continent," especially the anti-COVID-19 pill, John Nkengasong said at a news conference.
He said he hopes to include the pill in an approach that would involve vaccine development and test extensions in 2022.
Africa surpassed 10 million coronavirus cases, an 11% increase, because of the omicron variant detected in at least 39 countries, he said.
While the continent seems to be resisting the latest pandemic wave, vaccinations remain low and barely 10% of the population is fully vaccinated, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Deaths in Africa rose 64% in the seven days ending Jan. 9 compared to the previous week, mainly due to infections among high-risk people, the WHO said Thursday. Cases have decreased in Southern Africa by 14% and increased in North and West Africa with a 121% rise in the North. ■