Coronavirus Crisis Update: Can Africa CDC Stem the Covid-19 Crisis?


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In this episode, we are joined by Director of the Africa CDC Dr. John Nkengasong and U.S. Ambassador to the African Union Jessica Lapenn. Africa CDC is advancing a continental plan to address the dire, burgeoning threat Covid-19 poses to Africa, where testing has been woeful, where the continent stands at the back of the line in access to test kits, protective gear, oxygen, and financing; and where lockdowns can trigger an economic shock, food crises and instability. WHO remains a vital, indispensable partner. South Africa President and AU Chairman Cyril Ramaphosa has led the charge. PEPFAR, the Global Fund, Gavi the Vaccine Alliance have created health infrastructure now adapting to the Covid-19 threat. Jack Ma, Alibaba Foundation, the Gates Foundation and others have moved with remarkable speed to support Africa CDC.

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