Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the chairman of the Economic Community of West African State (ECOWAS) descends hard at the European countries for hoarding Covid-19 vaccines.
On Tuesday 14the December 2021, the President said less than 10% of the population in Africa has been vaccinated as compared to 70% of the EU population as of August 2021, addressing the European Parliament in France.
According to the President “The unsavoury politics of vaccine nationalism we are witnessing could however potentially derail global efforts made at containing the pandemic. To date, less than 10% of Africa has been vaccinated in comparison to the EU for example which as of August has vaccinated 70% of its population.”
“The phenomenon of hoarding vaccines will worsen even further as countries begin to administer booster shots in response to the threats posed by the Omicron variant of the virus. I am a firm believer in the statement that no one is safe until everyone is safe.”
The President recently criticized the travel bans issued against some African countries because of the Omicron coronavirus.
Describing the bans as methods of immigration control.
“We repeated our firm opposition to all attempts to single out African countries for the imposition of travel bans, as instruments of immigration control, when we are told, for example, that the Omicron variant of COVID-19, which was recently sequenced and reported by South African scientists, was discovered much earlier in the Netherlands”.