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EAC Ministers intervene to resolve Busia-Malaba border crisis

A joint East African Community member states meeting has resolved to fast track the process of testing long distance truck drivers for Covid-19 to ease cross-border movement.

This comes after a meeting held Monday by Ministers responsible for EAC Affairs, Health and Transport to deliberate on the trucks traffic snarl-ups at the Busia- Malaba border (Kenya-Uganda).

During the Joint Multi-Sectoral Virtual meeting, the Republic of Uganda agreed to conduct Free Covid-19 rapid test at the border posts of Busia and Malaba for seven days to clear the backlog of trucks.

It was also agreed that negative Covid-19 test results from national accredited laboratories in the respective Partner States to be recognized by all the EAC Partner States

EAC Partner States will also implement the EACPASS -as it is set to fast-track verification of Covid-19 test results/vaccination certificates.

EACPass, a system, will integrate all EAC Partner States negative test results for Covid-19 and those vaccinated, easing turnaround time at border points.

According to EAC Secretary General, Dr. Peter Mathuki, the EACPass will be directly integrated to all the six (6) Partner States central depository (National Laboratories) and only national accredited laboratories are approved to carry out PCR Covid-19 tests for travelers.

This is set to build confidence in all Partner States since certificates are digitally authenticated from all accredited laboratories in region.

The Partner States will notify each other and the EAC Secretariat in case of any deviations from the agreed Covid-19 protocols to mitigate the impact on movement of goods, persons, workers and services

The EAC member States is set to hold a follow up meeting to review the situation to be held on Friday, 14th January 2022.

Source: KNA

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