Policy & Regulation
African Union receives offer from Russia for supply of 300 million doses of its Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine
19 February 2021 -

The vaccine task team of the African Union (AU) said on 19 February 2021 that it has been offered 300 million doses of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine by Russia, Reuters news agency reported on Friday.

This offer includes a financing package for countries wanting to secure the vaccines.

In a statement, the AU's vaccine task team said that Russia's Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine would be available for a period of 12 months starting May 2021.

John Nkengasong, director of the AU's disease control body, was quoted as saying in the statement: "We are grateful to receive the Sputnik V vaccines from the Russian Federation and tremendously proud to be able to offer them ... for our AU Member States. Bilateral and private sector partnerships such as these are critical in our efforts to bring the COVID-19 pandemic to an end."

The AU had previously said it had secured 270 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson for delivery this year.

On 19 February 2021, the vaccine team said all 270 million doses had been "taken up by the first allocation phase deadline".

Currently, only a handful countries in Africa have started to roll out vaccination programmes, lagging behind some wealthier nations that are well into their immunisation campaigns, Reuters added.