Finance Minister Expresses Concern Over Logistics For COVID-19 Vaccines Delivery

A file photograph of Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed.

In view of the financing of COVID-19 vaccines for Africa and the approach to addressing vaccine access, delivery, and uptake in the continent, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, Honourable Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, says the process has been difficult to navigate.

Speaking at a virtual meeting recently, she raised issues on the modalities, saying: “What exactly are the existing mechanisms for countries to access? We have had bits and pieces of information. But to date, this has not been as coordinated as hoped.”

From her Ministry’s perspective, she also said: “Understanding the urgency of the moment, there needs to be greater inclusion and involvement of Finance Ministers, as budgetary allocations need to be made and financing secured both locally and possibly internationally.”


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