MEDIA

CNN News: Dr. Ayoade Olatunbosun- Alakija

We run the risk of going from Omicron to Omega

1 December 2021

CNN News: Dr. Ayoade Olatunbosun- Alakija

Africa has been left behind global vaccine distribution

30 November 2021

BBC News: Dr. Ayoade Olatunbosun- Alakija

Sub-Saharan countries travel bans

28 November 2021

ACR Convergence Today: Dr. Ayoade Olatunbosun- Alakija

Global Summit keynote: COVID-19 pandemic is a political crisis more than a health crisis

06 November 2021

The GPMB: Dr. Ayoade Olatunbosun-Alakija

The Global Preparedness Monitoring Board Report Launch: From Worlds Apart To A World Prepared

26 October 2021

The Forum Network: Dr. Ayoade Olatunbosun-Alakija

The Haves and Have-Nots: The geopolitical dilemma of COVID vaccine equity

28 September 2021

Science The Wire: Dr. Monique Wassuna 

COVID-19 Threatens To Undo Progress Against Neglected Tropical Diseases

23 September 2021

Conversation: Dr Monique Wassuna

Progress against a neglected tropical disease in east Africa is under threat

21 September 2021

Devex

COVID-19 vaccine alliance Chair: African political leadership lacking

16 September 2021

BBC Radio: Dr. Ayoade Olatunbosun-Alakija

Dr. Ayoade Alakija spoke to James Coomarasamy on BBC, The World Tonight on how rich countries need to share their surplus vaccines with no vaccines and where people are dying.

11 September 2021

The New York Times

Where a Vast Global Vaccination Program Went Wrong

02 August 2021

Politico

Health experts: G7 must act quickly to rectify the vaccine-equity failure

08 June 2021

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Donate billions more coronavirus vaccine doses and do it quickly: That’s the central ask from global health organizations and health experts to G7 leaders ahead of the group’s summit beginning Friday.

 

“The world’s wealthiest and most powerful countries are failing in their duty to provide global leadership to end the COVID-19 pandemic for everyone everywhere,” said UNAIDS Executive Director Winnie Byanyima at a Chatham House event today. While previous donations of vaccines through COVAX are welcome, they can “only meet a small, immediate need.”

 

The figure cited by several panelists at the event was for 1 billion vaccines to be redistributed by high-income countries by September and then another 1 billion by early 2022. Panelists also pointed to the “burden-sharing plan” put forward by South Africa and Norway that would help dictate how much each country should contribute toward ACT-A, the mechanism that hosts COVAX.

 

While G7 countries are expected to make significant pledges of vaccine donations over the weekend, the World Health Organization’s Mike Ryan expressed concern that these could be empty promises. “Never ever promise what you will not deliver. Do not create hope without delivery,” said Ryan. “It is really important that the promises that are made this week are kept and are kept on time.”

 

Echoing this concern, Ayoade Alakija, co-chair of the African Union Africa Vaccine Delivery Alliance, warned today at a separate event that pledges aren’t enough.

 

“Grand political statements do not vaccinate people … pledges of funding, even pledges of vaccines, don’t vaccinate people,” she said at the event, hosted by the Wellcome Trust. Rather, its jabs in the arms of people that are needed.

BBC Sounds

African Union Covid-19 adviser : “Covax is failing”

11 June 2021

BBC News: Dr. Ayoade Olatunbosun-Alakija

First of all, it’s not a geopolitical beauty contest… We all need to put our competitive egos aside and recognize that we are racing against viruses, variants, and vaccines. It’snotagift, it’s a global responsibility”

 20 May 2021

CNN: Dr. Ayoade Olatunbosun-Alakija

The moral, mortal danger of “vaccine apartheid”

19 May 2021

Financial Times: Dr. Ayoade Olatunbosun-Alakija

Pandemic Gives Africa A Chance To Free Itself From Aid Dependency

17 May 2021

The New Humanitarian: Dr. Ayoade Olatunbosun-Alakija

COVID is a global humanitarian emergency–act like it

13 May 2021

The Telegraph: Dr. Ayoade Olatunbosun-Alakija

Waiving vaccine patents is a powerful signal of intent, but won’t be enough to stop Covid-19’s march

12 May 2021

Amanpour & Co.: Dr. Ayoade Olatunbosun-Alakija

Dr. Ayoade Alakija discusses vaccine distribution in Africa

8 March 2021

The Conversation: Dr Monique Wassuna

Innovation – and research – are key to killing off neglected tropical diseases in Africa

29 January 2021

The Conversation: Dr Monique Wassuna

Strong leadership fought COVID-19 in Africa: the next step is to harness research

11 November 2020

Bhekisisa: Dr Monique Wassuna

Africa’s Covid-19 research must be tailored to its realities – by its own scientists

30 April 2020

Journal of Clinical Microbiology: Dr. Monique Wassuna

Also featured in the Journal is Dr. Monique Wassuna Development of a Multiplexed Assay for Detection of Leishmania donovani and Leishmania infantum Protein Biomarkers in Urine Samples of Patients with Visceral Leishmaniasis

26 April 2019