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France and Africa CDC to host high level event in support of Gavi replenishment, AVMA launch

France and Africa CDC to host high level event in support of Gavi replenishment, AVMA launch

At the Board meeting, the representative of the Government of France, on behalf of President Emmanuel Macron, announced that France, alongside with its African, European and international partners, will co-host a high level event in France in June 2024 for the official launch of the African Vaccine Manufacturing Accelerator.

Dr Jean Kaseya, Director General, Africa CDC, subsequently announced that Africa CDC will co-host the event. The representative of the Government of France also announced that France, on this occasion, will host the launching of Gavi’s investment case, in support of its replenishment, which will raise funds for immunisation in lower-income countries for the 2026 to 2030 strategic period.

"France is honored to co-host, together with our African, European and international partners, a high-level event to take place in France in June 2024 to celebrate the collective success of Gavi and AVMA. Learning lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic, building health sovereignty in support of partners’ regional production agenda, and achieving vaccine equity must remain our top priorities On this occasion, we will be thrilled to support Gavi’s leadership and unique contribution to global health by launching its 2026-2030 investment case," said Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, French State Minister for Development, Francophonie, and International Partnerships.

"Today is a significant moment for Africa by establishing the African Vaccine Manufacturing Accelerator (AVMA). The targeted US$ 1 billion from Gavi to African manufacturers is a game changer for the continent and advances our efforts towards vaccine self-reliance. Africa CDC remains determined that Africa should produce its own vaccines and protect the lives of all Africans. The African Union has set a target for the continent to produce 60% of the vaccines needed on the continent by 2040; AVMA is indeed an accelerator towards that ambition. Amongst the COVID-19 lessons is working together is the way forward to embrace. Gavi has been an incredible partner in this; we will continue to advance together on this journey of self-reliance. Together, we are united with a mission for vaccine equity," said Dr Jean Kaseya, Director-General, Africa CDC.

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