Africa's top public health body said on Thursday it had signed a memorandum of understanding with Pfizer to receive supplies of the Paxlovid pill to treat COVID-19.

"We have signed the MOU with Pfizer and we are going to be able to make that particular treatment available to African countries," said Ahmed Ogwell Ouma, acting director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. (Reporting by Anait Miridzhanian and James Macharia Chege Editing by Estelle Shirbon)