We should stay solid to battle COVID-19, says Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa .GCIS.

Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa has made a call to African Union to stay strong in a fight against coro­n­avirus pan­dem­ic, say­ing mem­bers must keep team­ing up to act in social sol­i­dar­i­ty.

“Let us keep on coop­er­at­ing to improve our emer­gency readi­ness for poten­tial future out­break of this nature.

We should take for­ward the pro­pos­al made at the past meet­ings of the World Health Assem­bly to devel­op Glob­al Dis­as­ter Response Plan.

In a state­ment address­ing the World Health Assem­bly on Mon­day, Pres­i­dent Ramaphosa said AU has tak­en very delib­er­ate steps to respond to the scourge.

“We have devel­oped far-reach­ing COVID-19 method, to set up an AU COVID-19 Response Fund. We embarked on a fundrais­ing dri­ve to for­ti­fy the Africa Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion,”

Until this point, said Pres­i­dent Ramaphosa AU, mem­ber coun­tries have raised a joint amount of US$61 mil­lion for the Response Fund and the Africa Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion.

Pres­i­dent Ramaphosa added that South Africa is tak­ing part in a few research activ­i­ties with main­land and uni­ver­sal part­ners includ­ing the world­wide efforts to devel­op, man­u­fac­ture and dis­trib­ute COVID-19 vac­cine.

“We must make sure fair access to med­ical equip­ment, tech­nolo­gies and best prac­tice to com­bat COVID-19,” said Pres­i­dent Ramaphosa.

He said although the coro­n­avirus pan­dem­ic is affect­ing both devel­oped and devel­op­ing economies, it’s the poor who will suf­fer most.

“The virus will be with us for a long time. We will have to change the way we behave, work and live. The glob­al recov­ery depends on our abil­i­ty to accept these real­i­ties, to pre­pare for them and to adapt,” said the Pres­i­dent.

He allud­ed that social dis­tanc­ing, hygiene and oth­er pro­to­cols rec­om­mend­ed by the World Health Organ­i­sa­tion must become part of our every­day lives.

“Let us con­tin­ue to be coura­geous in con­fronting this pan­dem­ic,” added Ramaphosa.

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