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Côte d'Ivoire: Afreximbank and its partners (ECA, Africa CDC, AU) launch the AVAT No-Fault Compensation Scheme (AVAT NFCS) Spécial

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Abidjan, March 22, 2022, (Horizon-news). The whole world is facing an unprecedented health crisis due to the Covid-19 pandemic. There are more than 447,647,206 cases of coronavirus worldwide and 6,057,533 deaths. In Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) had called on the African continent to "wake up" and "prepare for the worst".
But no ! The announced massacre did not take place, according to researchers. The milestone of 11 million coronavirus contaminations on the continent was crossed in February, while that of 250,000 deaths has just been reached at the beginning of March, the general slowdown in the pandemic observed following the outbreak linked to the Omicron variant is confirmed by week to week. At the beginning of February, only 11% of the continent's population is fully vaccinated. According to the WHO, it would be necessary to increase to 36 million per week to reach the objective of 70% vaccination coverage, as agreed at the global level.
Faced with these gloomy statistics, Africa decides to take its responsibility in hand. To this end, the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) of the African Union ( UA) launched this March 22, 2022 in Abidjan (Ivory Coast), through the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT), the AVAT No-Fault Compensation Scheme (AVAT NFCS).
It is in the presence of the Director of Cabinet, Dr. Charles Aka representing the Minister of Health and Public Hygiene of Côte d'Ivoire. The African Union (AU) Member States initiative, under His Excellency President Cyril Ramaphosa, then the current Chairman of the African Union (AU), consists of monthly shipments of procured vaccines to Member States. The heads of state have thus decided to pool their purchasing power for the purchase of 400 million doses of the single-shot COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson. In 12 months, approximately 220 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been deployed in participating countries in Africa and the Caribbean.
“It is a commercial contract established by Africa to protect its population, and allow Africans to have the best guarantees to be vaccinated. This no-fault compensation program for COVID-19 vaccines in participating countries in Africa and the Caribbean. The AVAT No-Fault Compensation Program (AVAT NFCS) provides eligible individuals with prompt, fair, and transparent compensation for unlikely adverse events associated with COVID-19 vaccines acquired or distributed through the initiative. AVAT,” explained Mrs. Samallie Kiyingi, Director of Legal Services, Afreximbank.
This major step forward in Africa's efforts to protect the health and well-being of its people has been made possible thanks to a USD 2 billion package provided by the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) and 500 million USD Master Card for the acquisition of vaccines. “Very low access to vaccines has exposed Africa to devastating waves of COVID-19. Mortality rates are rising and economies are increasingly vulnerable. The AVAT NFCS, this continental initiative has enabled about thirty countries to have vaccines and populations to be vaccinated in peace. Therefore, we urge several governments to join and support the initiative to enable the continent to go to a vaccination coverage of 70% of the population by the end of 2022”, declared, Prof. Benedict Oramah, Chairman of the Board of Afreximbank.
The initiation of this mechanism should help contain the spread of the virus and protect lives and livelihoods. “Africa thus demonstrates that it is also capable of developing models applicable in the world to solve its problems. We look forward to better days ahead for our people through this effort in combating the ill effects of Covid-19, enabling countries to afford vaccines, post-COVID economic recovery more sustainable across the continent. It is a source of pride for the continent in its African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) process,” said Dr. Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA or UNECA). ).
The system provides for the payment of a no-fault lump sum in full and final settlement of any claim for compensation to persons who have suffered harm resulting from a vaccine or its administration, without the patients having to demonstrate a defect in the vaccine. in question or any fault of anyone. It applies to all vaccines purchased or distributed under the AVAT initiative and no fees will be charged to those who submit applications.
The AVAT NFCS system has been developed to maximize ease of use and accessibility, with the option of a digital claims channel and a user-friendly interface via the web portal, which also provides explanatory information detailing the operation of the grievance mechanism.
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