COVID-19: African countries sign groundbreaking vaccine agreement

A medical worker tests for the coronavirus.

File: A medical worker tests for the coronavirus.

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JOHANNESBURG - African countries have signed a ground-breaking agreement aimed at securing millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses for the continent.

This agreement is part of the World Health Organization's global coronavirus vaccine allocation initiative called COVAX.

READ: Second COVID-19 vaccine trial begins in SA

It is meant to help to buy and distribute approved vaccines.

"Once there is a vaccine that is licenced and approved, COVAX will work to secure at least 220-million doses of vaccines for the continent," said WHO's Richard Mihigo.

Last month, South Africa launched clinical trials of a US-developed coronavirus vaccine with 2,900 volunteers, the second such study.

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