COVID-19: ECOWAS to source vaccines as a bloc to reduce cost

  ECOWAS leaders on Saturday agrees to source COVID-19 vaccines as a bloc to reduce costand minimise competition.

This agreement was reached at the 58th ordinary session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and government held virtually, in compliance with the covid-19 protocols.

The heads of government meet to harmonise their response to the corona virus pandemic, whose second wave has hit member states hard.

The Authority of Heads of State and Government agreed to continue measures to prevent the spread of the pandemic within the region

The Heads of Government are also concerned about the  cost of testing for the deadly virus across the region and agree to harmonise the cost to 50 dollars.

Beyond the pandemic, the rise in terrorism in the sub region is also brought up for discussion.    An Action plan endorsed in 2019 in the fight against terrorism is now to be implemented as quickly as possible to help address insurgency and terrorist attacks in the region

The Government of Ghana pledges 50million dollars to support the implementation of the plan and to address piracy in the gulf of guinea while the Nigerian government pledges 100 million dollars.

Covid-19 was also reported to have greatly affected the single currency project

Heads of State and government agreed to exempt 2020 and 2021 from the respecting the convergence pact

The Authority of Heads of State and government also  agrees to adopt a new path and develop a new road map which will be presented in the next meeting in June 2021.

The summit had all Heads of State and government in attendance including the head of the Mali transition government,  who was attending for the first time, President Banda of Mali participated in the meeting for the first time as the Head of the transition Government

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