Africa CDC [to 15 May 2021]

Africa CDC [to 15 May 2021]
http://www.africacdc.org/
News
COMMUNIQUE OF THE HIGH-LEVEL EMERGENCY VIRTUAL MEETING OF AFRICAN MINISTERS OF HEALTH ON THE COVID-19 SITUATION IN AFRICA
14 May 2021
[Excerpt]
… THE HIGH-LEVEL MINISTERIAL MEETING:
:: WELCOMES AND RECOGNIZES the efforts by the Member States in response to COVID-19 pandemic.
:: COMMENDS the efforts of Africa CDC, WHO, partners, and AU Member States in working closely under the AFTCOR to coordinate our efforts across the continent.
:: COLLECTIVELY ENDORSES an adapted joint continental strategy with focus on enhanced Prevention, Monitoring, and Treatment (PMT) in order to meet the changing dimensions of the COVID-19 on the continent as well as the evolving nature of the global pandemic.
:: CALLS UPON all Member States to intensify their efforts for vaccination against COVID-19 as a critical component to prevent, contain and bring the pandemic to an end as quickly as possible.
:: ALSO CALL UPON AU Member States to take up their COVID-19 vaccine allocations through the African Vaccine Acquisition Task Team platform and engage with the African Export Import Bank to work out the details for the advance purchase agreement.
:: UNDERSCORES the need the protect schools and ensure schools remain opens.
:: ALSO UNDERSCORE the urgent need to protect other critical health programmes on the continent against the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. These programmes including but not limited to HIV, TB, Malaria, and immunization efforts.
:: STRESSES the need to understand the impact of vaccine impact and safety in the continent and CALLS on AU Members States to conduct surveillance for vaccine effectiveness and safety…