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African responses to the COVID-19 pandemic

13 May 2020

The International Relations and Defence Committee will this week take evidence on the preparedness and effects of COVID-19 in Africa, and international co-ordination during the pandemic


Friday 15 May, virtual meeting

At 3.00pm

  • Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Special Envoy to mobilise international support for Africa's efforts to address the economic challenges African countries will face as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic at the African Union.

Possible questions

  • What are the principal effects of the COVID-19 pandemic across Africa?
  • To what extent was the continent prepared for such a pandemic?
  • Have lessons from previous epidemics helped in the response to COVID-19, and are there regional examples from which countries like the United Kingdom can learn?
  • How will the pandemic affect African countries' economies?
  • How can global partners, including governments and international organisations, support the continent, both in terms of the public health and the economic impacts of COVID-19?
  • What further action would you like to see from the UK Government?
  • What role should international partnerships such as the Coalition for Epidemic  Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and Gavi-The Vaccine Alliance play in the development and global distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine?
  • What action will be needed to ensure any future COVID-19 vaccine will be available to all countries, including those in Africa?
  • What are the current issues facing Nigeria's economy, and to what extent are these exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic?

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