Africa: As Africa Unites to Fight the Covid-19 Pandemic, We Also Pin Our Hopes On the AU Peace Fund to Silence the Guns

President Cyril Ramaphosa presiding over the 13th Extraordinary Session of the African Union Heads of State and Government on the African Continental Free Trade Area, December 5, 2020.
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African countries agree that the most important public health measure to prevent Covid-19 is the roll-out of vaccines. Also key is that they are rolled out in a fair and equitable manner - all countries must get them and get them speedily.

In the past year of South Africa's chairing of the African Union (AU), the continental organisation has been grappling with managing the spread and impact of the Covid-19 pandemic while implementing one of its flagship projects, the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA).

The pandemic has had severe effects on AU member countries, but it has also united them in a manner reminiscent of the solidarity that the Organisation of African Unity, the AU's predecessor, led against apartheid South Africa.

African countries agree that the most important public health measure to prevent Covid-19 is the roll-out of vaccines. For the past year efforts have been under way to find vaccines that are safe, affordable and effective. Also important is that vaccination be rolled out in a fair and equitable manner.

All countries must get vaccines and must get them speedily. It is vital to the global containment of Covid-19 that vaccination takes place in all countries and...

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