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Africa: EU, Germany Jointly Support AU’s Response to Coronavirus

Addis Ababa — The European Union and Germany have joined efforts to support the response of the Africa Union in combating coronavirus, according to a press release of the union.

The press statement stated that EU has continued to work with member states to tackle COVID-19 pandemic on all fronts, and today 500,000 additional testing kits have been provided for the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Addis Ababa.

As part of a 10-million Euros immediate support package to the African Union (AU) by the German Government in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the test kits were delivered by European Union Humanitarian Air Bridge flight.

A total of about 1.4 million tests for the extraction and the detection of the virus will be made available to African Union countries, the release also revealed.

European Commission Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič said “through the EU Humanitarian Air Bridge, the European Commission will continue to work hand-in-hand with member states to support vulnerable countries amidst the coronavirus pandemic. It is in our common interest to tackle the pandemic worldwide.”

According to him, the union is committed to ensuring effective delivery of essential medical equipment to the countries that need it the most. This specific consignment will be able to reach a large number of countries as it will support the African Union continental response.

Germany’s Minister of Development Cooperation, Gerd Müller said on his part “we will either beat the coronavirus together worldwide or not at all. This is why we support the African Union through the German Epidemic Preparedness Team in cooperation with the EU.”