Brandan (South Africa)
The African Union (AU) and its Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) are leading the continental response to Covid-19. After a meeting of African Health Ministers on 22 February 2020 (the first case of Covid-19 in West Africa was detected in Nigeria on 27 February), the AU set up a Task Force for Coronavirus (AFCOR), developed a joint continental strategy for the outbreak, established a continent-wide anti Covid-19 fund for AU member states and individuals from the continent and beyong to contribute to, and put in place a framework to engage youth in the response to the pandemic.
The AU Chairperson appointed a group of special envoys to mobilise international economic support. The AU Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD) released a white paper emphasising the impact of the many “known unknowns” of the pandemic. The pan-African organisation also launched the Africa Medical Supplies Platform to pool procurement and purchase certified medical equipment. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), all African countries now have Coronavirus lab testing capacity.