Ramaphosa to multilateral agencies: buy Covid vaccines from African providers

South African firm Aspen’s Covid-19 vaccine manufacturing capacity is at risk because of a lack of orders.
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South Africa’s president told a global Covid-19 summit on Thursday that multilateral agencies and philanthropic organisations should buy vaccines and booster doses from African manufacturers to ensure that manufacturing capacity on the continent was retained.

South African firm Aspen’s Covid-19 vaccine manufacturing capacity is at risk because of a lack of orders.

“International agencies that have had a lot of money donated to (them) for purchasing and procuring vaccines for developing economy countries are not buying vaccines from African vaccine manufacturers. Even for those vaccines that are destined for African countries. This immediately just devalues the whole process of local manufacturing,” President Cyril Ramaphosa told the summit. “This, ladies and gentlemen, must change.”

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Hehehe, the free market does not work like this dear Prez. You cannot lecture international consumers.

Free individuals make up their own minds according to their perceptions about products. If they want muti, they support African suppliers. If they want vaccines, they support Western suppliers. Even the African nations don’t want the muti. They support Western manufacturers when they want vaccines.

Just take your personal timekeeping or communication device as an excample. There are local alternatives. Who did you choose to support?

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