ADDIS ABEBA – The German Government has provided an additional 500.000 coronavirus testing kits to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention or AU CDC on Wednesday.
The latest support is part of a €10 million immediate support package to the African Union (AU) by the German in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
In total, almost 1.4 million tests for the extraction, and the detection of the virus will be made available to African Union countries.
The test kits were delivered by an EU Humanitarian Air Bridge flight to Addis Ababa-based AU CDC.
“We are committed to ensuring effective delivery of essential medical equipment to the countries that need it the most. This specific consignment will be able to reach a large number of countries as it will support the African Union continental response,” said Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner for Crisis Management.
The test kits have been sourced by the German Epidemic Preparedness Team (SEEG) – a Germany initiative set up in 2015 in response to the West African Ebola crisis.
Gerd Müller, Minister of Development Cooperation of Germany, said on the occasion “We will either beat the coronavirus together worldwide – or not at all”.
“This is why we support the African Union through the German Epidemic Preparedness Team in a cooperation with the EU,” Müller said.
“With our support to the partnership to accelerate coronavirus testing,” he said, “we make sure that testing is made widely available. We stand by our friends in Africa in the fight against the coronavirus.”
AU CDC coordinates the procurement of life-saving testing equipment for AU member states in addition to playing an important role in educating African health workers.
“Partnership is key to winning the battle against COVID-19 locally and globally because no country can manage the pandemic alone,” Dr. John Nkengasong, Director of Africa CDC.
“That is why as a continental body, Africa CDC is working with several partners and exploring all markets to unlock the supply chain system for diagnostics and medical supplies for African Union member states, and we are delighted to see the Government of Germany and the European Union coming out strongly to support our initiatives,” he said.
The kits delivery is part of the larger Team Europe support to the African continental response to the coronavirus.