Gate’s grant to fund Syringe production
The Gates Foundation is the latest international donor offering to address the looming shortage of syringes for Covid-19 vaccination in Africa.
This comes amid warning from the World Health Organization, WHO, that the shortage of crucial commodities such as ‘syringes’ was slowing the rollout of Covid-19 vaccination campaign in the continent.
Kenyan company Revital Healthcare is licensed to manufacture the syringes and will now benefit from a the $4m, (£2.9m) grant from the Gates Foundation.
The WHO and Unicef have predicted a shortfall of up to 2.2 billion syringes needed to administer the Covid-19 vaccines as well as other ‘routine immunisations’ in 2022.
The shortage is mainly for the ones needed for the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine.
Currently less than 10% of Africa’s population is fully vaccinated against coronavirus.
BBC /Shakirat Sadiq