Sisi urges fair coronavirus vaccine distribution for African states

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Wed, 17 Feb 2021 - 08:42 GMT

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi speaks during a virtual meeting under the auspices of the African Union – Presidency

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi speaks during a virtual meeting under the auspices of the African Union – Presidency

CAIRO – 17 February 2021: Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El Sisi affirmed the need to guarantee a fair and equitable chance for the African countries to obtain coronavirus vaccine doses, as he spoke in a virtual meeting under the auspices of the African Union.

During his Wednesday speech, Sisi called for continuing coordination with the international community in this regard, underscoring also the need to secure the necessary funding and logistic support to help the African countries face the pandemic repercussions at the economic, health and social levels.

Sisi affirmed that Egypt would spare no effort in backing other African countries to receive vaccine doses, referencing the Egyptian experience in this regard.

French President Emmanuel Macron and Congolese President Félix Antoine Tshisekedi, who currently chairs the African Union, took part in the meeting.

African leaders as well as Moussa Faki, the chairman of the African Union Commission (AUC) also participated.

Sisi affirmed that holding this meeting reflects the political will to foster joint African work aiming at tackling the coronavirus implications, given the huge challenges and threats posed by the pandemic on the regional and international health and development systems.

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