All African countries now have coronavirus lab testing capacity – WHO chief
London, June 25, 2020 (AltAfrica)-All African countries have now developed laboratory capacity to test for the coronavirus, the head of the World Health Organization said on Wednesday.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also warned that the pandemic was accelerating.
“The most recent one million cases of COVID-19 were reported in just one week,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a virtual conference on COVID-19 vaccine development and access across the continent.
The WHO chief added that over 220 vaccine candidates are currently being worked on and urged that a vaccine be “available and developed at an unprecedented scale.”
The head of the Africa Centres for Disease Control called on countries to secure sufficient vaccine supplies to avoid Africa being left out.
“Unless we act now Africa is at risk of being left behind in the global vaccine race,” John Nkengasong said.
Nkengasong suggested a key step would be for Africa to partner with the GAVI vaccines alliance which has raised $2 billion from international donors for an Advanced Market Commitment to buy future COVID-19 vaccines for poor countries.
WHO Africa says it is working with partners to support Africa’s response to #COVID19 & equipping the health workforce with the skills they need. “@ResolveTSL is supporting countries to contain the spread of the pandemic through capacity building to detect, investigate & quickly respond”
We are working with partners to support Africa’s response to #COVID19 & equipping the health workforce with the skills they need. @ResolveTSL is supporting countries to contain the spread of the pandemic through capacity building to detect, investigate & quickly respond. pic.twitter.com/V8iUqiVm8J— WHO African Region (@WHOAFRO) June 24, 2020
As of June 24. there there 335,791 confirmed cases of covid-19 in the region and the number continues to rise. South Africa is both the epicenter of the pandemic on the continent and the African country with the most extensive testing regime