The President of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has said an African-made COVID-19 vaccine will be ready in 1 and a half years as the process has since started.
He was speaking during the opening of the World Health Summit Regional Meeting 2021 that is scheduled to run from Sun, Jun 27, 2021, through the 30th of June, 2021.
He called upon developed nations to assist with raw materials if they are sincere about helping Africa saying the continent will be paying for those resources.
Museveni castigated the donor syndrome in Africa saying the continent has the potential to stand up and be counted if it was not dependent on aid and handouts from sympathisers.
In resonance with renowned economist Dr Dambisa Moyo who in her book Dead Aid alleged aid was bad for Africa, Museveni said donations were hamstringing Africa’s growth as member states were not initiating the processes of establishing solutions to their own problems waiting for outsiders to come.
He added that pandemics, despite their adverse impact, were good in that they were awakening Africans who have until now been dependent on the first world for entirely everything.
Museveni hinted that the coronavirus might stay forever saying there is always a new variant that pops up that will be resistant to vaccines produced.
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