The African Union says the continent is ready to receive about 270 million doses of
coronavirus vaccine and wants to see them distributed equitably.
For just over two months, a team at the 55-member organization of African states
has worked to ensure the continent gets its fair share of the coveted COVID-19 vaccines.
Late Wednesday, the team announced they had done it.
The 270 million doses are just under a fifth of the 1.5 billion that officials think they will need to
vaccinate around 70% of the continent. That is the rough threshold to achieve herd immunity.
“President (Cyril) Ramaphosa said that from the onset of this pandemic, our focus as a continent
has been on collaboration and collective effort,” said Tyrone Seale, spokesman for the South African president and former AU chairman.