ETHIOPIA –   The African Union (AU) through the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) is set to launch the Eastern regional co-ordination center in Kenya come October.

The East African RCC will be launched under the theme of “Ensuring effective preparedness and response to current public health threats in the context of COVID-19 and beyond.”

The RCC serves as a hub for Africa CDC surveillance, preparedness, and emergency response activities, and coordinates regional public health initiatives by Member States in consultation with the Africa CDC headquarters.

Speaking at the weekly briefing, the Director of the Africa CDC, Dr. John Nkengasong, confirmed that the institution will be launching its Eastern regional collaborative center in Kenya very soon.

We will be launching our regional collaborating center in Kenya. There are five regional collaborating centers, i.e. Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, Zambia, and Gabon. These centers have been operating, but some of them have not been officially launched. This occasion will be for launching the center in the presence of several ministers from the republic of Kenya and we invite you (the media) to be part of that ceremony in Kenya,” Nkengasong said.

Also, the Africa CDC is expected to join the Global Citizen Live Concert to Push for Vaccine Equity. The concert recently secured 26 million COVID-19 vaccine doses for those who need it most.

Director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr John Nkengasong, and Head of the Africa Vaccine Acquisition Task Team, Strive Masiyiwa will Address Vaccine Equity and Production Needs to Tackle COVID-19 during the concert.

The battle against Covid-19 in Africa is unprecedented and unpredictable. The Africa CDC is calling for a “social contract” – unity in vaccination – I sign a “social contract” to protect myself, my neighbor, my love ones, and my community. Nobody is safe until everybody is safe,” Said Dr Nkengasong”

Global Citizen Live calls on leaders to deliver by September: 1 billion trees planted and preserved to help prevent global temperatures from rising beyond 1.5ºC above pre-industrial levels by curbing emissions and supporting; 1 billion vaccines to the poorest countries and Meals for the 41 million people on the brink of famine

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