A convoy carrying medicines and relief supplies from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERCS), organized in coordination with the Ethiopian authorities, has reached the Tigray State capital, Mekelle.
Ethiopian Pharmaceuticals Supply Agency (EPSA), the state agency in charge distributing medicines and medical equipment to state health centers, said it has spent 16.5 billion Birr (about $450 million) last year concluded July 7, 2020.
Novartis launches first-of-its-kind not-for-profit portfolio of medicines for symptomatic treatment of COVID-19, the company said. The new initiative of Novartis aims to help patients in low-income and lower-middle-income countries (LIC; LMIC) access affordable medicines to treat the major symptoms of COVID-19 – a critical need in the absence of a vaccine or curative treatment.
The Horn of Africa trade forum ended in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, calls on African countries to increase domestic production of pharmaceutical products and end over dependence on imported medicines, as the African Continental Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) now in force.
The Customs Commission of Ethiopia has collected around 56.7 billion birr (close to $2 billion) from international trade taxation, trade misinvoicing and confiscation of goods from smugglers during the first nine months of current Ethiopian calendar started July 8, 2018.