The United Kingdom has pledged £20 million to support the African Union in fighting the coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic. While announcing the funding
The United Kingdom has pledged £20 million to support the African Union in fighting the coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic. While announcing the funding, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, UK’s international development secretary, said it is part of the Africa anti-COVID-19 fund to tackle the disease and save lives.
According to Trevelyan, the fund will be used to recruit health experts and deploy them where they are needed most. She added that it would also strengthen the global tracking of the pandemic, combatting potentially harmful misinformation, providing specialist COVID-19 training for health workers and making information about the virus more accessible to the public.
Speaking on the development, Catriona Laing, British high commissioner to Nigeria, said the fund indicates collective effort to fight the disease.
“The truly global scale of the current crisis means that international cooperation and solidarity is more important than ever,” Laing said.
“This £20 million UK funding contribution to the African Union will provide important additional support to Nigeria and other countries across Africa and is testament to the fact that the UK stands shoulder to shoulder with Nigeria in our collective challenge to defeat this terrible virus.”
According to the British high commission, the new AU funding brings the total UK aid contribution to fighting COVID-19 to £764 million ($935.6 million).