The ability of African countries to mount effective and equitable responses to COVID-19 reflects in part the access that countries have to reliable, sustained, distributed supplies of diagnostics, medicines, vaccines and other health technologies. By 2021 significant inequality in access to vaccines has become clearly evident, a situation that the World Health Organisation director-general called a “catastrophic moral failure” in January 2021. While noting that vaccine roll out in East and Southern Africa (ESA) is a dynamic situation, this brief discusses the different vaccines and the distribution of vaccines in the region and issues involved in the development and production of vaccines and other health technologies in the region. It raises areas where regional co-operation is taking place and suggests where it could be strengthened.
Health equity in economic and trade policies, Equitable health services
Title of publication Brief: Ensuring access to COVID-19 related vaccines and health technologies in East and Southern Africa
Date of publication
Brief: Ensuring access to COVID-19 related vaccines and health technologies in East and Southern Africa, Produced by EQUINET with financial support from OSISA, February 2021
CIVID-19, Vaccines, technology, East and Southern Africa
East and southern Africa region
Equinet Publication Type