Are the vaccines we get in Africa as good as everywhere else?
Yes. Of course, it will depend on which vaccines your country receives, but as more vaccines are approved, there will be multiple safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines for countries to choose from.
The COVAX facility – which is a global initiative to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for up to 20% of people in African countries – only distributes vaccines that have received WHO’s Emergency Use Listing (EUL).
EUL is the WHO gold standard to confirm the quality, safety and efficacy of vaccines used in public health emergencies. It also allows countries to speed up regulatory approval and import the vaccine.
The Oxford-AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BionTech, Moderna, Johnson and Johnson, Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines have all received EUL from WHO. Other vaccines are also under review.
As more vaccines are approved, there will be multiple safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines for countries to choose from.
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines Q&Ahttps://www.afro.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus-covid-19/vaccines/qa