Africa CDC – Mastercard Foundation: Saving Lives and Livelihoods Newsletter, January 2022
Highlights from 2021: Saving Lives and Livelihoods
Saving Lives and Livelihoods surpasses initial vaccine procurement target: In June 2021, the Mastercard Foundation and Africa CDC committed to purchasing vaccines for at least 50 million people under their $1.5 billion partnership. Since then, the Foundation has committed an additional $200 million, bringing the total partnership value to $1.5 billion and enabling the procurement of vaccines for more than 65 million people.
Supporting delivery of vaccinations to millions more across the continent: The Saving Lives and Livelihoods initiative is investing in a spectrum of activities required to turn vaccines into vaccinations, including safe storage and transportation of vaccines, ancillaries, and other supplies; to establishing COVID-19 vaccination centres, training health workers; promoting vaccinations in communities; conducting pharmacovigilance to monitor, evaluate, and manage adverse events; establishing genomic sequencing to identify potential variants; and providing technical assistance to national vaccination programs.