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Cameroon discussing COVID-19 vaccine partership with MTN

The government of Cameroon and telecommunications firm, MTN have opened discussions on ways to acquire the COVID-19 vaccine.

The prospect of acquiring the vaccine was discused by the Minister of Public Health who  received in audience the Director General of MTN Cameroon, Stephen Blewett.

The Director General of the telecommunications firm came to see the Minister of Public Health to examine the possibility of helping to obtain a vaccine against the COVID-19.

Stephen Blewett said that thanks to the African Union’s Go Africa initiative, his company has funded the purchase of vaccines for several African countries where it operates.

The same approach is desired for Cameroon, which was selected within the framework of this project, he said.

On his part, the Minister of Public Health said he was delighted with this solution and wished to reassure his counterpart of his availability to support the realization of this operation.

He added that the option of making the Covid-19 vaccine available in Cameroon is in line with the guidelines of the government which gives priority to the heath of its citizens.

Beyond the African Union initiative for the AstraZeneca vaccine, the telecommunications giant says it is ready to finance the purchase of another vaccine for Cameroon, this time through its foundation. In addition, the General Manager Stephen Blewett spoke of the support that his structure offers for the development of innovative digital solutions.

In response, Dr. Malachie Manaouda underlined that within the framework of the digital health strategy, collaboration between his ministerial department and the mobile telephone operator could be set up.

Published on 10.02.2021

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