Africa dangerously behind in global race for virus gear

Africa dangerously behind in global race for virus gear

As Africa braces for a surge in coronavirus cases, its countries are dangerously behind within the global race for scarce medical equipment. Ten nations haven’t any ventilators in the least .

Africa dangerously behind in global race for virus gear
Africa dangerously behind in global race for virus gear

Outbid by richer countries, and not receiving medical gear from top aid donor the us , African officials scramble for solutions as virus cases climb past 25,000. Even within the best scenario, the United Nations says 74 million test kits and 30,000 ventilators are going to be needed by the continent’s 1.3 billion people this year. only a few are in hand.

“We are competing with the developed world,” said John Nkengasong, director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “The very way forward for the continent will depend upon how this matter is handled.”

Politicians instinctively attempt to protect their own people and “we know that sometimes the worst in human behavior comes out,” said Simon Missiri, Africa director with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, urging an equitable approach to assist developing nations.

The crisis has jolted African nations into creating a pooled purchasing platform under the African Union to enhance negotiating power. Within days of its formation, the AU landed quite 100,000 test kits from a German source. the planet Health Organization is pitching in, approaching manufacturers for supplies.

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