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Africa’s quick response to Covid-19 deserves credit, but there is more to be done

By The Africa Report
Posted on Friday, 30 April 2021 17:01

John Nkengasong, Africa's Director of the Centers for Disease Control, speaks during an interview with Reuters at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa
John Nkengasong, Africa's Director of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), at the African Union (AU) Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

For much of the first year of the pandemic, Africa fared much better than many outsiders had predicted. In part, this was thanks to its excellent healthcare professionals and some outstanding public health institutions – although the continent is chronically underserved, statistically speaking.

Two organisations stand out in the continental effort, both led by distinguished African physicians: Africa’s Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) under its director, Cameroonian epidemiologist Dr John Nkengasong; and the Africa regional headquarters of the World Health Organisation under Dr Matshidiso Moeti.