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Ramaphosa is champion of Africa’s COVID-19 response

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has been appointed as the AU champion on COVID-19 continental response, in recognition of his role in the COVID-19 response as AU Chair.

On Thursday, 24 June 2021, President Cyril Ramaphosa was appointed as the African Union champion on COVID-19 and the establishment of the Commission on African COVID-19 response. This announcement was made by the African Union Bureau of Assembly of Heads of State and Government at the thirty-fourth ordinary session of the AU, held back in February 2021.

Since his appointment, the president has established the Commission on African COVID-19 response, which held its inaugural meeting on Tuesday, 22 June 2021. The commission recognises and advances the crucial role played by the president in driving COVID-19 response in the continent during his tenure as Chair of the AU in 2020.

The commission’s goal is to support the president in his championship role, in order to enable his continued leadership in guiding continental response. Some specific areas of the commission’s work include strengthening the public health workforce, continental manufacturing of diagnostics, vaccines, and therapeutics, just to name a few

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Mahlohonolo Lakaje
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