ALGIERS- Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad called Saturday for boosting continental and global solidarity and for joining efforts against the Covid-19 pandemic, emphasizing the need to allow poor countries to get the vaccine to overcome the health crisis that affects the efforts for the resumption of development.
Djerad, representing President of the Republic Abdelmadjid Tebboune at the 34th session of the African Union Heads of State and Government, said in an address on the report of South African president and AU chairman, on the implementation of the Common African Continental Strategy to Address the Covid-19 Pandemic,” that the “unprecedented health crisis, due to its extent and the seriousness of its political and socio-economic repercussions, has compromised the economic development of countries, induces a worsening of unemployment rates and puts our health systems in front of major challenges that have required the adoption of strict measures to reduce the financial deficit and avoid further economic losses.”
After conveying President Tebboune’s greetings to African leaders and his best wishes for the success of the summit held by videoconference, the prime minister welcomed “the Common African Continental Strategy to Address the Covid-19 Pandemic, which relies on cooperation and coordination to ensure the availability of the vaccine at least for the continent’s populations.”
“This is a valuable initiative that will enable African countries to coordinate their positions in the framework of multilateral action.”
“The success of this continental strategy is contingent on boosting cooperation and coordination with our international partners,” he said.
Djerad stressed support for “the request to reduce the debt burden, to help States to ensure the continuity of food supplies, to protect jobs and to mitigate the impact of the income decline in the continent due to the loss of export earnings.”
Stressing the impact of the Covid-19 health crisis on States’ economic, political and social aspects, the prime minister said that in addition to the loss of human lives, “this crisis has forced several States to close their borders and introduce preventive measures, which has led to considerable material losses resulting from the cessation of economic activities and the restriction of the movement of people in worldwide.”
To address the pandemic, Djerad called for strengthening the continental and global solidarity.
He called the African leaders “to combine our common efforts, while mobilizing our potentials and resources to cope with this pandemic and limit its effects.”
“We gather today with the hope that the Covid-19 crisis, which has affected all of humanity, will be overcome with the start of vaccinations against this pandemic in many countries around the world.”
“Our hope is that our continent can provide our countries with vaccines in an equitable manner, to stem its spread and put in place a strategy for the post-epidemic economic recovery phase,” the prime minister said.