The member countries of the West African Economic Community have just committed to harmonize the price of PCR testing to detect Covid-19 to $ 50. The main purpose is to “facilitate travel” in the region.
The announcement was made on Saturday 23 January by the President of the ECOWAS Commission during a virtual press briefing. According to Ivorian Jean-Claude Brou, with different prices for PCR tests from one country to another, harmonization was necessary to give travelers “better visibility”.
Some countries, such as Ghana and Nigeria, charge up to $ 150 per test, which may cause travelers who need to take departure and arrival tests to limit travel.
It will therefore now be necessary to pay the equivalent of USD 50 in the 15 ECOWAS member countries.
The President of the Commission also stated that there would be a “Covid vaccine fund” to fund vaccination campaigns in the sub-area without providing a timetable. It must be run by the Member States and their traditional partners. The aim is “to make group purchases of vaccines”, which will make it possible to negotiate competitive prices and increase the chances of vaccine availability.
The first one will first arrive in an ECOWAS member country no earlier than next month with only 100,000 doses expected in Nigeria.
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