Africa: President Rallies Support As Africa Recovers From Covid-19

President Cyril Ramaphosa says African countries will continue to need substantial support to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We reiterate our call for a comprehensive economic stimulus package for Africa, for a suspension of interest payments on Africa’s external and public debt, and for the lifting of all economic sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe and Sudan to allow them to adequately respond to the pandemic.

“It is only through multilateral cooperation that we can overcome this global emergency,” the President said on Thursday in a pre-recorded message delivered virtually at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly Special Session on the Coronavirus pandemic.

The session was held at the level of Heads of State and Government.

President Ramaphosa called for equitable access for all to an effective COVID-19 vaccine.

“To ensure that there is equitable access for all to an effective vaccine, we call on UN Member States to work with the WHO on the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator and the COVAX Facility.”

The Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-Accelerator) is the proven, up-and-running, global collaboration accelerating the development, production and equitable access to COVID-19 tests, treatments, and vaccines.

“In the spirit of solidarity and cooperation, let us continue to work together to overcome this crisis and build a better, safer, more equitable, peaceful and prosperous world.

“We must continue to drive a holistic response to COVID-19, which recognises the relationship between health, social, economic and environmental measures.”