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Africa CDC Director on need for global solidarity to fight COVID-19

Democracy Now!

July 23rd 2020

As efforts to halt the spread of the coronavirus continue, Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. John Nkengasong says that principles of global solidarity are guiding responses to the pandemic on the African continent. COVID-19 has reached Africa later than most other parts of the world, but international coordination is essential in facing what Nkengasong calls the greatest challenge of the last 100 years. The global response to the HIV/AIDS crisis is an example of what cross-border initiatives can look like, Nkengasong says, but the seven-year delay in access to affordable HIV drugs in Africa also reveals the need for the continent to develop its own vaccine strategy and prioritize accessibility to healthcare during the pandemic. "No country will be considered free of COVID if any country in the world is considered — still has COVID infections there," he says. "The continent of Africa of 1.3 billion cannot be excluded in the equation in this whole discussion of eliminating COVID in the world. So, I think, again, we strongly adhere to the principles of coordination, cooperation and collaboration to seek solutions." #DemocracyNow Democracy Now! is an independent global news hour that airs on nearly 1,400 TV and radio stations Monday through Friday. Watch our livestream 8-9AM ET: Please consider supporting independent media by making a donation to Democracy Now! today: FOLLOW DEMOCRACY NOW! ONLINE: YouTube: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: SoundCloud: iTunes:!-audio/id73802554 Daily Email Digest:

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