June 9

Mastercard Foundation to Deploy $1.3 Billion for 50 Million Vaccines in Africa and to Boost Africa’s CDC

By Michael Grothaus

Unlike the populations of many western nations, only about 2% of Africans have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The Mastercard Foundation has announced it will deploy $1.3 billion in aid over the next three years to Africa’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) via the foundation’s Saving Lives and Livelihoods initiative. The aims of the aid include providing 50 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines on the continent as well as laying the groundwork for vaccine manufacturing in Africa.

Photo courtesy of Pete Lewis / DFID.

Source: Fast Company (link opens in a new window)

Coronavirus, Health Care