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The state of play of the common continental strategy against COVID-19 delivered to the UN

Kinshasa, September 22rd, 2021 (CPA) .- President Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo made Tuesday, in New York, the state of play of the common continental strategy against COVID-19, in his address to the 76th session of the UN General Assembly, in advocacy for the African continent and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The Head of State and current Chairman of the AU said, to this end, that Africa has created a COVID-19 Response Fund and launched a platform for medical supplies, to guarantee all its countries access to the necessary equipment and supplies.

5 proposals for dealing with the harmful effects of the virus

The current president of the African Union has, while recognizing the low rate of access to the vaccine on the continent, and facing the harmful effects of the virus, proposed a plan in 5 points: to increase the capacity of the tests in the countries which do not do not have the required laboratory products and ensure a sufficient and rapid supply of drugs and equipment necessary for the care of patients.

This plan also proposes to generalize vaccination by supplying vaccines to those who do not produce them and by equipping them with local production capacities; to encourage medical research and increase scientific cooperation between academic institutions and, finally, to support policies to reform health structures and extend health care coverage to as many people as possible in developing countries.

The Head of State is therefore appealing to the international community, in particular to support the project to create the « African Medicines Agency ».

In addition, the President of the AU made himself, in his speech, spokesperson for the Paris Summit on the revival of African economies.

« It is necessary that the United Nations and its Member States support the objective of the Paris Summit, to reach 100 billion SDR for Africa, through the reallocation to poor countries of 25% of SDR allocated to rich countries President Tshisekedi said

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