Africa needs support to fight coronavirus, says Ramaphosa

Africa needs support to fight coronavirus, says Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa has told the 73rd World Health Assembly that African countries need all the support they can get in the battle against Covid-19.


The forum was held on Monday in Geneva.

A total of 194 world leaders attended via a virtual link  - a first in the history of the World Health Organisation.

"Health care systems are struggling to cope.  Some have been weakened by underfunding and neglect; others are under pressure because they were designed to serve the select few. The pandemic has devastated the livelihoods of millions of people," said Ramaphosa

"Africa is extremely vulnerable to the ravages of this virus and needs every possible support and assistance, including much-needed resources, to bolster its response and offset a potentially devastating social and economic fallout.

Several countries, including China and South Korea, committed to assisting with debt relief measures and the development of a vaccine.

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