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ECOWAS Leaders Agree To Source COVID-19 Vaccines As A Bloc To Reduce Cost

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The 58th regular session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and
Government was held on a virtual basis, in accordance with the protocols of Covid-19.

Both heads of state and government attended the meeting, including the head of the transitional government of Mali, who attended for the first time.

The heads of government are meeting to harmonize their response to the pandemic of the corona virus, the second wave of which has struck the Member States hard.

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The Authority of Heads of State and Government has agreed to
continue taking steps to prevent the pandemic from spreading throughout the country.

The Heads of Government are also concerned about the  cost of testing for the deadly virus across the region and agree to harmonise the cost to 50 dollars. But beyond the pandemic, the rise in terrorism in the subregion is also brought up for discussion

An Action plan endorsed in 2019 in the fight against terrorism is now to be implemented as quickly as possible to help address insurgency and terrorist attacks in the region

The Government of Ghana pledges 50million dollars to support the implementation of the plan and to address piracy in the gulf of guinea while the Nigerian government pledges 100 million dollars

President Banda of Mali participated in the meeting for the first time as the Head of the transition Government

The finalisation of the roadway for the transition is in progress and would be presented and adopted soon.

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