World Health Organization Regional Director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, says the COVID-19 pandemic has helped some African leaders realise opportunities for agency and self-sufficiency.
She commended South Africa for standing up to open the first mRNA vaccine hub in Africa.
Moeti says being able to create and build for one’s own people is a principle of Black Consciousness.
Video | 21st Annual Steve Biko Memorial Lecture
Biko was assassinated 44-years-ago, on 12 September, by the Apartheid government.
The continental chief says for South Africa to go ahead with the hub in Cape Town without a commitment from big pharmaceutical companies shows the dedication to being a continent that can eventually rely on itself.
📺 LIVE: Dr @MoetiTshidi, @WHO Regional Director for #Africa, delivers the 21st Annual Steve Biko Memorial Lecture commemorating the 44th anniversary of the murder in detention of Bantu Stephen Biko. https://t.co/JlZIRIiImw
— WHO African Region (@WHOAFRO) September 12, 2021