syringe manufacturing

The Gates Foundation to provide $ 4 million for syringe manufacturing in Africa

The Gates Foundation will offer $4 million to address the looming shortage of syringes for Covid-19 vaccination in Africa.

This comes amid warning from the World Health Organization (WHO) that the shortage of crucial commodities such as syringes was slowing the rollout of Covid-19 vaccination campaign in the continent.

Kenyan company Revital Healthcare is licensed to manufacture the syringes and will now benefit from a the $4m grant from the Gates Foundation, BBC News reports.

The WHO and Unicef have predicted a shortfall of up to 2.2 billion syringes needed to administer the Covid-19 vaccines as well as other routine immunisations in 2022.

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The shortage is mainly for the ones needed for the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine.

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