The United Kingdom is to invest £20 million (about N8.84 billion) in the African Union’s (AU) Anti-COVID-19 Fund to tackle the disease and save lives. By this singular move, the donor has expanded the endowment announced last month by Cyril Ramaphosa, chairperson of the union and president of South Africa.
The donation would address recruitment of health experts, their deployments to areas of great need, strengthening global tracking of the pandemic, combatting potentially harmful misinformation as well as providing training for health workers and making useful information more accessible to the public.
Announcing the grant yesterday, the International Development Secretary, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, said: “As the UK faces its biggest peacetime challenge in tackling coronavirus, it’s never been more important to work with our partners in Africa to fight the disease. No one is safe until we are all safe, and this new funding and support for African leadership will help protect us all – in the UK, Africa and around the world – from the further spread of the virus.”