CLOSING REMARKS BY PROFESSOR PETER KAGWANJA DURING THE SIIS AFRICA FORUM 2020 ON: “STRENGTHENING CHINA-AFRICA TIES TO FIGHT COVID-19—POLICIES AND ACTIONS”, HELD IN SHANGHAI
2 November 2020
Social context of response As a global community, we need to redefine the social and cultural context of response to COVID-19. [...] This requires the refinancing of debts to shift the burden from governments, development of socio-economic recovery strategies and plans, and advocate for economic solidarity at the local, regional, and global levels. [...] Also, as a civilization, we need to support local innovations in medical treatment and response to epidemics and enhance the sharing of knowledge on foods, teas, herbs, and other consumables for immunity. [...] Re-industrialization of Africa’s capacity to respond to diseases Additionally, there is a need to enhance China-Africa cooperation in research and production of vaccines; create cooperation among African medical institutions; promote private-public partnerships in the manufacturing of PPEs, medicine, and drugs; take measures to reverse the impact of brain-drain of medical personnel through increas. [...] On this, China has stepped up medical diplomacy with its government, private corporations, individuals, and charities providing PPEs, medicine, and ventilators as well as sharing experiences and technical skills with African counterparts Conversely, to achieve an effective response on COVID-19 in Africa, all stakeholders need to include and align the response to the continent’s Strategic Framework.