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WHO Director-General: Extraordinary China-Africa Summit Is Important for Global Fight Against COVID-19

2020/06/18

WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus noted on 17 June that the Extraordinary China-Africa Summit on Solidarity Against COVID-19 is one of the platforms where China and Africa partner with each other and platforms like this will be important in strengthening solidarity across the globe in the joint response to the disease.

At a WHO regular press conference on Wednesday, Dr. Tedros said that during this COVID situation, a special session was organized by China, South Africa and Senegal, with a specific agenda of fighting COVID together.

He pointed out that platforms like the Extraordinary China-Africa Summit will be important in strengthening solidarity across the globe. Novel coronavirus is a very dangerous virus. It moves fast and it's a killer. It surprised many countries including developed nations and the answer is to fight in unison. Unity and solidarity are very important to defeat this virus.

Dr. Tedros stressed that in the first two months, around 85,000 cases were reported, but in the past two months, 6 million cases have been reported. "The virus is accelerating and moving really fast. We can move faster because it's only by moving faster that we can defeat it. And to move faster, the most important element is unity and solidarity", said Dr. Tedros.

Dr. Tedros extended appreciation for all the support China has provided to Africa in its COVID-19 response. He said that since COVID-19 started, China has been supporting Africa by sending experts, sharing information, and providing medical supplies such as test kits. And China's support for Africa is not only in health. Taking the issue of economic recovery into consideration, China also supports canceling the debt of some African countries.

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