Addis Ababa October 8/2020 (ENA) The Authorities of Germany has donated at the moment 1.four million COVID-19 check kits to the Africa Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention to assist it speed up the Coronavirus testing capability of African international locations.
Through the handing over ceremony held right here at the moment, African Union Fee Deputy Chairperson Thomas Kwesi Quartey stated Africa is lagging behind in COVID-19 testing on account of numerous constraints reminiscent of scarcity of testing kits and medical gear provides.
The deputy chairperson underscored the necessity to improve social, political and financial solidarity and cooperation inside Africa and past to beat the impacts of the pandemic.
“We are grateful to the Ethiopian leadership, especially the prime minister and the president for facilitating the logistics by the Ethiopian aviation to distribute the equipment to the continent,” he acknowledged.
The donated check kits shall be distributed by Ethiopian Airways to African Union member states, it was realized.
In accordance with Quartey, Africa has managed the illness higher than most continents due to the early warning and Africa CDC. However it’s nonetheless a susceptible continent and will adhere to the protection protocols of COVID-19 and strengthen solidarity.
“We have to scale up our testing. Fortunately, the recoveries of those infected are quite high and that is encouraging. But we have to maintain social distancing, increase washing and hygienic conditions,” the deputy chairperson pressured.
EU Excessive Consultant/Vice-President, Josep Borrell Fontelles, stated on the event that EU has been working to cooperate and assist companions just like the African Union within the battle in opposition to the virus from the start as COVID-19 impacts your entire international group.
“It is a common enemy. An enemy we can defeat together with a global approach and cross border cooperation,” Fontelles pressured.
He added that solidarity and cooperation are the important thing phrases to win this battle on this disaster. Nobody shall be secure till everyone is secure.
The European Excessive Consultant and Vice-President added: “We want to be really the best partner of African countries; and Ethiopia is the light of hope in Africa. We have to keep that this light doesn’t vanish.”
Germany Ambassador to Ethiopia, Stephan Auer stated the one method to beat the Coronavirus is collectively, and that’s why Germany is supporting the African Union in collaboration with the European Union.
He added: “We are happy to support Africa CDC as they coordinate the procurement and distribution of life-saving diagnostics to African Union Member States. With this support to the PACT initiative, we contribute to making testing widely available in Africa.”