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COVID-19: Africa CDC receives 1.4m test kits from Germany

By Oluwaseun Sonde

The Africa Center for Disease Control (Africa CDC) has received a donation of 1.4 million COVID-19 test kits which is the third and the last batch, donated by the Government of Germany in support for response in Africa through a variety of actions designed to help bridge capacity gaps and mitigate the impact of the pandemic on the continent.

The kits were delivered through the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Thursday, through a European Union (EU) Humanitarian Air Bridge flight, as part of the EU’s global response to the COVID-19 pandemic worth over €26 million, with contributions from the EU, Germany, Austria, Spain, and Sweden.

This donation is to provide direct support for implementation of the Africa Joint Continental Strategy for COVID-19 Outbreak and the Partnership to Accelerate COVID-19 Testing (PACT) across Africa, which has been going since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, as EU mobilized support for response in Africa.

The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Joseph Borrell noted that today’s humanitarian aid delivery is a concrete example of the strong partnership between the EU and African Union.

“The European Union has been at the forefront of the global fight against COVID-19. From day one we have fought the pandemic both at home and abroad. From day one we have put solidarity and cooperation at the heart of our response, because it is our firm conviction that nobody is safe until everybody is safe.

“Today’s delivery of COVID-19 test kits and materials is another visible testimony of EU’s global coronavirus response. It is also a clear recognition of the remarkable role the African Union has played to lead the continental response to the pandemic,” Borrell said.

Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission, H.E. Mr Kwesi Quartey said that the cornerstone to preventing any disease is to test, and the key factor in defeating the COVID-19 pandemic is partnership based on sound solidarity principles.

“The donations by the Government of Germany further demonstrates the solidarity that we have always enjoyed from the European Union and we appreciate their support in fighting this invisible enemy,” he said.

EU Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič said this final delivery of life-saving testing equipment to the African Union wraps up the first phase of the EU Humanitarian Air Bridge, which has provided crucial support these past months to vulnerable countries amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Ethiopia and the African Union, Stephan Auer said “We can only beat the coronavirus together worldwide. This is why we are supporting the African Union in cooperation with the EU.

“We are happy to support Africa CDC as they coordinate the procurement and distribution of life-saving diagnostics to African Union Member States. With this support to the PACT initiative, we contribute to making testing widely available in Africa.”  

The kits will be distributed to African Union Member States as was the previously donated kits, which have helped more than 24 African countries to perform over 700,000 tests.

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