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
- ParliamentTV: The UK and Sub-Saharan Africa
- Inquiry: The UK and Sub-Saharan Africa - prosperity, peace and development co-operation
- International Relations and Defence Committee
Friday 15 May, virtual meeting
- 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.
- 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?