Over 90% of malaria deaths and 70% of all people living with HIV/AIDS are in Africa. Approximately 95% of all drugs used in Africa are imported and the continent accounts for only 3% of global drug production.

The COVID-19 pandemic has further highlighted Africa’s vulnerabilities in accessing life-saving medicines, vaccines and health technologies. More and more African governments are considering the provision of safe, effective and affordable medicines and vaccines as a matter of national security.