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Date: 13 - 14 April 2021
Time: 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Venue: Online

Peer learning and exchange: COVID-19 vaccine financing, purchasing and distribution in Africa

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This peer learning and exchange event brought together officials from ministries of finance and health across Africa to learn from peer countries and experts about financing, costing, budgeting and implementing COVID-19 vaccine programmes. More specifically, this peer-exchange event aimed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccine programmes by sharing knowledge on:

  • how countries are and can most accurately cost all aspects of the COVID-19 vaccine programme and how these have been included in national budgets.
  • the financing options available to African countries and the implications of these, both in the short and medium term.
  • vaccine purchasing arrangements, how these have been decided on during the current crisis, and how concerns around efficiency and accountability in procurement are approached during an emergency.
  • the financial implications of rolling out the vaccine, including how countries can cost and budget for the roll-out, utilise non-governmental actors, and ensure funds flow efficiently to service-delivery centres.


Day 1

Day 2



Programme: Peer learning and exchange: COVID-19


Costing the Covid 19 vaccination programme in the Ministry of Health Seychelles
Ghana's approach to COVID-19 vaccine costing and budgeting
COVID-19 Vaccine Introduction and deployment costing tool
The financing mix for South Africa's COVID-19 vaccination programme
Vaccine Financing and an overview of the Advance Procurement Commitment
Financing COVID-19 vaccines in Senegal
PFM and COVID-19 vaccination (WHO)
Planning for the COVID-19 vaccination programme roll out in Nigeria
Economic outlook from Mauritius


Streamlining public procurement processes during COVID-19: Balancing efficiency and accountability

Talking Points

Breakaway session discussion questions: sessions 4 and 7

Working paper

COVID-19 vaccine financing, procurement and distribution in African ministries of finance and health


Overview of financing options for COVID-19 vaccination programmes


Dr Philipp Krause

Senior Advisor, CABRI

Dr Daniel Gebre-Michael Burssa

Senior Advisor to the Minister of Health: Federal Ministry of Health, Ethiopia

Ahmed Kouchouk

Vice Minister of Finance for Fiscal Policies & Institutional Reform, Ministry of Finance, Egypt

Gyude Moore

Senior Policy Fellow: Centre for Global Development

Dr Raymond Hutubessy

Senior Economist: Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals Department, World Health Organization

Dr Shobha Hajarnis

Consultant, Principal Secretary’s Secretariat, Ministry of Health, Seychelles

Dr Alex Amankwah-Poku

Head, Budget Development and Reforms, Budget Division, Ministry of Finance of Ghana

Dr Mark Blecher

Chief Director: Health and Social Development, South African National Treasury

Chidinma Ifepe

Head of Operations: African Medical Supplies Platform

Dr Diop Samba

Head of Regulatory and Legal Affairs at Regulatory Authority on Public Procurement of Senegal

Dr Hélène Barroy

Senior Public Finance Expert: Department of Health Systems Governance and Financing, World Health Organization

Dr Bakunawa Garba Bello

Senior Medical Officer in Disease Control and Immunization Dept of National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA)) (alternative Ministry of Health, Rwanda)

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