Africa: Working Together Globally Is the Only Way to Beat Coronavirus

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The UK government is speaking to its counterparts across the world to secure global agreement on measures which will save lives and protect economies.

Coronavirus has had an impact on almost every aspect of life, in every corner of the globe.

For the first time in generations, all of us around the world are engaged in the same fight: tackling this deadly disease. Across Africa and in the UK, health workers on the front line are saving lives, while others are doing their part by keeping essential services and supplies running or simply by staying at home to slow the disease's spread.

For individual governments, the challenges are huge. But this is a global disease and we can overcome those challenges together with a global response. For example, developing and distributing new vaccines and treatments is not something one country can do alone. Nor will stamping out the disease at home be effective if the virus takes hold in other parts of the world, resulting in new waves of infection worldwide.

That's why the UK stands with Africa as we fight this threat together. The African Union, and its public health agency, Africa CDC, are at the forefront of the...

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