The French initiative aims to gain soft power against countries such as China, which have purchased influence credits through their actions since the beginning of the pandemic.
After his main stay in Kigali, Rwanda the previous day, and his solemn speech at the memorial to the victims of genocide, he asked them for forgiveness on behalf of France, Emmanuel Macron’s visit to South Africa, the second part of the trip to Africa, Like a gust of wind. But this displacement may be of considerable importance to the future, related to the joint efforts to enable Africa to control access to the Covid-19 vaccine.
After arriving in Johannesburg on Friday, May 28, the French President has only 24 hours left. It is time to commemorate the establishment of a joint venture with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa (including Germany, donors, Undoubtedly from an industrial and technological point of view, the United States) supports the emergence of vaccine production processes in the most advanced countries, and this process is being carried out in other projects in Senegal, Kenya and elsewhere.
On this issue, France and South Africa hold the same position. This vaccine plan is one of the priorities of France’s Africa strategy.A way to make money Soft power In the face of countries like China, these countries have purchased their own influence credits through their actions since the beginning of the pandemic.
Cyril Ramaphosa and Emmanuel Macron from the Department of Future Africa Studies at the University of Pretoria came to defend Africa and Africa’s vaccine cause. The relevant participants include: local manufacturers, such as South African boss Stephen Saad (Stephen Saad) Pharmaceutical Group Aspen, Africa’s largest producer of generic drugs; Makhtar Diop has served as Managing Director of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) since March; Jens Spahn, German Minister of Health; Epidemiologist , Representatives of the South African government participated in this operation “war”, As Cyril Ramaphosa said, he thinks from the perspective of the continent and hopes to see many African countries also achieve vaccine autonomy.
As for South Africa, details are still under negotiation. First, the initiative led by South Africa and India, and the initiative led by South Africa and India — now led by Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala — culminate in the World Trade Organization (WTO) — France’s support, with the goal of Obtained an exemption or temporary cancellation of the vaccine patent against Covid-19. This involves duplicating this strategy in the context of fighting another pandemic. Due to HIV, when civil society organizations take similar measures, they are then promoted by civil society organizations, making it possible to obtain the Authorization for local production of antiretroviral drugs. This put an end to the AIDS massacre in the most affected countries in the world.As far as Covid-19 is concerned, South Africa is the most affected country on the African continent (official data is 56,000 deaths), but according to President Ramaphosa, the situation is similar. The suspension of patents cannot be purely an economic issue, but Drop in one “Social Justice and Human Rights Issues”.