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HOPE Consortium, experts pledge to close global immunisation gap

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Amidst controversies trailing the administering of Coronavirus vaccines across the countries, experts have pledged to close the global immunisation gap, saying that innovation, ingenuity, and inclusiveness are key to finding a global solution to the pandemic and ensuring equitable access to the vaccines.
 
The consensus was formed through a series of key discussions with global healthcare professionals, philanthropists, decision-makers, and senior government officials, at the just-concluded World Immunisation & Logistics Summit, organised by Abu Dhabi’s Hope Consortium, in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
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The Director-General International Committee of the Red Cross, Robert Mardini, in his keynote address titled: ‘Equitable access to vaccines,’ said the worst on the Coronavirus pandemic could be yet to come unless countries succeed in ensuring equitable access to the vaccine in every part of the globe.

He said the pandemic has shown the world that global solidarity is not only morally right but also strategically smart.
 
“Let us hope that the spirit of humanity and unity bringing different sectors together at this summit will be an example for the international community everywhere.”

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Chairman, Department of Health – Abu Dhabi, H.E. Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Hamed, in his opening address, said since last year, the COVID-19 global pandemic continues to be one of the largest and most complex global challenges in modern times, noting that it’s still incredible how the world has come together to tackle the issue that transcends communities, borders, and continents.

Discussing the resilience and success that the world has shown, the Chairman said there are incredible technology and scientific advancements that have been developed as a result of the pandemic, adding that under one unified goal, countries around the world are working tirelessly to find solutions.
 
Speaking on the achievements of Abu Dhabi and the HOPE Consortium, Abdullah explained: “We strongly believe no one can do this alone. Together, we have the capacity to handle over six billion doses of the vaccine this year, and we are already increasing this to deliver over 18 billion vaccine doses by the end of 2021, with the capacity to deliver this anywhere in the world. We believe the HOPE Consortium is a catalyst for even greater collaboration with partners worldwide.”

A range of experts, including Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire; Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Health, Republic of Kenya, Sen. Mutahi Kagwe EGH; CEO, Mediclinic Middle East, David Hadley; Regional Director-Africa & Middle East, IATA, Kashif Khalid and ICRC Head of Delegation in Addis and Permanent Representative to the Africa Union, Bruce Mokaya Oriana, discussed how supply chains could provide vaccine access to the continent.

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