Chairperson of the African Union, President Cyril Ramaphosa, has called for more financial support as the continent battles to overcome the Covid-19 pandemic.

The South African President made the call while revealing that the union’s Covid-19 response team had raised US$44 million.

‘I want to thank all the countries on the continent who have contributed, as well as our donor community partners, and the continental and international business fraternity’, he said.

‘However, we need to raise at least a further USD 300 million to ensure assistance is provided to societies and countries in need, and to enable us to weather the health and economic storm in the weeks, months and years ahead’.

Development Diaries understands that the AU Covid-19 Response Fund was set up in April to mitigate the social, economic, and humanitarian impact of the pandemic across Africa.

The fund is a financial instrument to mobilise and manage funds from the private sector and other stakeholders.

It supports the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), which plays a key role in the continental response to the pandemic.

‘This pandemic will continue to be with us for a long time to come. Its effects on human health, on our societies, and on our economies have been dire, and we are only now starting to fully comprehend the scale of the devastation’, the AU leader said.

With the search for the Covid-19 vaccine still ongoing, Ramaphosa said the need for more funds was critical as the continent will need substantial resources to ensure equitable access for all African countries.

He called on both first-time donors and those who have pledged their support previously to give generously to the fund.

Source: South African Government News Agency

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