Mauritius has received 151,200 doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccines from the Mastercard Foundation and Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), under their joint initiative, ‘Saving Lives and Livelihoods’.
The President and CEO of the Mastercard Foundation, Mrs. Reeta Roy, she said that the timely delivery of these vaccines underscores the effectiveness of the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT).
In collaboration with Africa CDC and multiple organisations, the Mastercard Foundation will support the rollout of vaccinations to millions of people on the continent, she added.
She remarked that much remains to be done to urgently increase immunisation rates and called on governments, donors, civil society and all other actors to step up to save lives and livelihoods in Africa.
The Director of Africa CDC, Dr John Nkengasong, for his part stated that the organisation regularly takes a boost in the continental vaccination effort.
He pointed out that in September, the first tranche of vaccines purchased by AVAT began to be distributed in 39 countries.
“We are working hard to enable the COVID-19 vaccine rollout as this is what will determine the success of the initiative,” he asserted.
Original article at GIS Mauritius