The World Health Organisation (WHO) has expressed appreciation to governments and donors for contributing $8.8 billion for the vaccine as announced by GAVI, an international organisation, created to improve access to vaccines.
The WHO Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, expressed the appreciation on Friday on its official twitter handle @WHOAFRO.
GAVI had on Thursday on its twitter account announced the donation, saying: “We are thrilled to announce that our goal has been achieved and surpassed!
“Thank you to all our incredible donors for reaching a total figure of $8.8 billion.’’
In his reaction, WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, thanked the donors.
“I’d like to thank all donors who stepped up yesterday to fully fund GAVI for its next five-year cycle.
“This is a vital investment in saving millions of lives from vaccine-preventable diseases.
“WHO and partners have deployed experts to support the government-led response on the ground and sent supplies for vaccination and testing efforts,’’ it said.