The Covid-19 Vaccine In Africa. What Should Inform Your Decision On Whether Or Not To Accept The Vaccine

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The Covid-19 Vaccine In Africa. What Should Inform Your Decision On Whether Or Not To Accept The Vaccine

Time: 11th March 2021 at 3 PM (Cameroon Time)
Venue: Event will be held on ZOOM and streamed live on Facebook


  1. Background

Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, Africa has suffered from devastating effects as a result of the pandemic as so many lives have been lost and still counting. As reported by the Africa CDC, Africa has had over 3.4 million cases and a little over 85 thousand deaths as of January 24th, 2021. The continent like other continents around the globe has been making efforts to respond to the pandemic. Nevertheless, the number of cases is seen to increase with most countries now experiencing a second wave. Experts had feared COVID-19 spreading rapidly in Africa, because of weak healthcare systems in many of the countries that make up the continent, lack of funding, insufficient training of healthcare workers, inefficient data transmission, limiting testing, amongst other things. This fear which was is now becoming a reality with many African countries now experiencing many more cases and deaths with the coming on the second wave of the disease. It is now believed by health experts that the COVID-19 vaccine is the main solution to curbing the further spread of the pandemic and minimizing severe disease.

Today, vaccines are available, with the Pfizer vaccine approved by WHO, and others such as the Moderna are used in other Western countries. However, they seem to be a lot of fear within communities with respect to receiving the COVID 19 vaccine, especially in Africa. This event, therefore, aims to provide up to date information on the COVID-19 vaccine through a panel discussion with health experts.

  1. The Goal and Purpose of this event
  • To provide up to date information on the COVID-19 vaccine (efficacy, safety/side effects, approved vaccines, persons qualified to receive the vaccine etc).
  • Counter act the myths that are circulating with respect to the COVID 19 vaccine.
  • To propose context-based actions that could ensure the effective rollout and uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine in Africa.
  1. Main themes to be discussed during the event
  • Up to date information about the COVID 19 vaccine
  • Public perceptions about the COVID-19 vaccine
  • Context based actions that could ensure effective rollout of the COVID 19 vaccine in Africa
  1. Expected Results

The audience will have a clear understanding about;  

  • Recent information on the COVID 19 vaccine
  • Myths circulating about the COVID 19 vaccine and;
  • Context based actions to ensure effective rollout of the COVID 19 vaccine in Africa
  1. Proposed Time/Venue

Time: 11th March 2021 at 3 PM Cameroon Time

Venue: Event will be held on ZOOM and streamed live on Facebook

7. Participants

This event will bring together public policy experts, policy makers at the national, continental and international levels, leaders of civil society organizations, leaders of NGOs and international organizations. It will be open to the general public with a session for Q&A.

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