Africa CDC [to 22 May 2021]

Africa CDC [to 22 May 2021]
African Ministers of Health Back AU’s New PMT and 4D Partnership Tech Strategies to fight COVID-19
ADDIS ABABA, 18 May 2021: African Ministers of Health have committed to support the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention’s (Africa CDC), new initiatives to double down on the ongoing continental recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic at an emergency virtual summit held on 8 th May…
In connection with the PMT strategy, ministers welcomed the proposal for waivers and exemptions to Intellectual Property (IP) rights tabled by the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the decision of the US to support the proposal, as part of the effort to globalise the manufacturing of vaccines and ensure equity in access and availability worldwide.
In addition to the PMT strategy, the new 4D Partnership was also announced – a platform for multi-disciplinary, multi-dimensional, multi-departmental and multi-directional collaboration in Africa, powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning, big data and home-grown innovation. The 4D Partnership is a collaboration of several AU organs including the Commission’s Department of Education, Science, Technology & Innovation; the Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy & Sustainable Environment; the Department of Economic Development, Trade, Industry & Mining; the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat; and the Africa CDC.
The platform will strengthen harmonisation of use cases in health, research, education, climate response and trade, for example, the Africa CDC’s Trusted Travel and Trusted Vaccines platforms. Other programs, such the Africa Pathogen Genomics Initiative (Africa PGI), will benefit from the multi-stakeholder networks of the AU Science and Technology Framework, and help to accelerate integrated diagnostic, socioeconomic, immunological and genomic data streams to better analyse patterns of disease mutations and variants spread in Africa…