AU establishes COVID-19 Response Fund

AU establishes COVID-19 Response Fund

President Cyril Ramaphosa says while the continent has lower rates of COVID-19 infection compared to other parts of the world - our weak health systems may result in the long-term impact of the pandemic on Africa being severe.

President Cyril Ramaphosa

Ramaphosa on Wednesday was speaking at the International Labour Organisation's Global Summit on COVID-19 - whose focus is building a better future of work.

"The African Union has developed a COVID-19 strategy, and as part of that, it has established an AU COVID-19 Response Fund to assist member States in funding an effective response to the pandemic."

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He says they launched the Africa Medical Supplies Platform last month. 

"An innovation that will enable all countries on the continent to procure much-needed supplies in a much faster manner and competitive pricing. 

"We are also engaged with international partners and institutions to mobilise substantial stimulus packages to assist African countries to rebuild their economies," says Ramaphosa. 

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