By Mourice Seretta
CS Health Senator Mutahi Kagwe today attended the #WHA74 virtual meeting & called for a resolution to vaccine inequity in order to ensure access to COVID-19 vaccines for all.
During the virtual meeting, the CS also called for diversification of the COVAX facility by including additional manufacturers into its portfolio.
At the same time the CS urged COVAX facility to divert money intended to acquire AstraZeneca Vaccines to the acquisition of other vaccines that are readily available for use in developing and middle-income countries.
“We must step up regional and local manufacturing of vaccines by facilitating and fast tracking regulatory and prequalification for local production, especially in Africa in WHO processes” CS Kagwe said.
Kagwe also called for technology and knowledge transfer on new COVID-19 vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics in all parts of the world with WHO assistance.
“Countries must desist from engaging in discriminatory conduct and accept all valid certificates for vaccines approved by WHO for emergency use” the CS said.