WORLD BANK / AFRICA COVID-19 VACCINES

22-Jun-2021 00:04:24
In a boost to the African Union’s target to vaccinate 60 percent of the continent’s population by 2022, the World Bank and the AU announced a partnership to support the Africa Vaccine Acquisition Task Team (AVATT) initiative with resources to allow countries to purchase and deploy vaccines for up to 400 million people across Africa. WORLD BANK
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STORY: WORLD BANK / AFRICA COVID-19 VACCINES
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SOURCE: WORLD BANK
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 21 JUNE 2021, WASHINGTON DC
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1. Close up, World Bank Group headquarters exterior

21 JUNE 2021, WASHINGTON DC

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Axel van Trotsenburg, Managing Director of Operations, World Bank:
“The big announcement is that there is a new partnership between the African Union and the World Bank to provide desperately needed vaccines to the African continent. We have worked together to see how the contract that the African Union concluded with Johnson & Johnson namely to provide 400 million doses – and these are single shot doses – to the continent. These doses need to be financed and here the World Bank is coming in with the full financing.”

FILE – WASHINGTON, DC

3. Close up, World Bank Group headquarters exterior

21 JUNE 2021, WASHINGTON DC


4. SOUNDBITE (English) Axel van Trotsenburg, Managing Director of Operations, World Bank:
“There is urgency to act. There is an urgency to acquire vaccines, and this is a very concrete move that will provide real relief to the countries. And this is done in partnership with the relevant African authorities – African Union, African CDC, as well as African Economic Commission. And I think that is great because this allows us to have built on the networks, the negotiations of the African Union, and the fire power off the World Bank to make real results on the ground.”

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5. Zoom out, World Bank logo outside headquarters

21 JUNE 2021, WASHINGTON DC

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Axel van Trotsenburg, Managing Director of Operations, World Bank:
“Why is this necessary? It’s one statistic: to date, less than one percent of the African population has been vaccinated. Africa has been marginalized in this global effort to get a vaccine. We have to correct this unfairness; and given that this is a global pandemic, we need global solutions and global solidarity, and you cannot leave the African continent out of this consideration. The World Bank wants to be on the forefront in helping African countries get access to vaccines, and finally start the vaccination campaign that they desperately need.”

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7. Tracking, World Bank Group logo outside headquarters

21 JUNE 2021, WASHINGTON DC

8. SOUNDBITE (English) Axel van Trotsenburg, Managing Director of Operations, World Bank:
“Well, the World Bank has announced that it is making available 12 billion USD for the acquisition, but also for the deployment of vaccines. We're making good progress. We have basically right now in the next couple of weeks, we'll have 50 countries having financing packages in place of which two-thirds are African countries. We want to do more. But, it is important that we are complementing efforts like COVAX to bring actual relief to the countries.”

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9. Wide shot, World Bank Group headquarters

21 JUNE 2021, WASHINGTON DC

10. SOUNDBITE (English) Axel van Trotsenburg, Managing Director of Operations, World Bank:
“We cannot declare victory until actually a critical mass of the world population has been vaccinated. We're still far from it. And particularly in Africa, there is a lot of work to do.”

FILE- WASHINGTON DC

11. Tilt up, World Bank Group headquarters
STORYLINE
In a boost to the African Union’s target to vaccinate 60 percent of the continent’s population by 2022, the World Bank and the AU announced a partnership to support the Africa Vaccine Acquisition Task Team (AVATT) initiative with resources to allow countries to purchase and deploy vaccines for up to 400 million people across Africa.

This extraordinary regional effort complements COVAX and comes at a time of rising COVID-19 cases in the region. African Finance Ministers and the World Bank Group met on Monday (21 Jun) to fast track vaccine acquisition on the continent and avoid a third wave.

The World Bank has 12 billion USD in vaccine financing available to help countries purchase and distribute vaccines and address readiness issues. The World Bank has already approved operations to support vaccine roll out in 36 countries. By the end of June, the World Bank expects to be supporting vaccination efforts in 50 countries, two thirds of which are in Africa.
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