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.