Tebogo Msimanga |
The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday 10 September, at its first high- level meeting of the Facilitation Council of the “Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator” (ACT-A), elected South Africa and the Kingdom of Norway to co-chair the newly established Council.
President Cyril Ramaphosa accepted the co-chairship on behalf of South Africa and described it as an honour bestowed upon the country. “As South Africa and on behalf of the African Union, we look forward to this cooperation and working with all states and partners to achieve our collective objectives to defeat COVID-19,” read a statement released by the presidency.
ACT-A was launched on 24 April 2020 and provided with political and financial support through global pledging events of 4 May and 27 June.
ACT-A is an international collaboration among a diverse representation of global leaders and partners to accelerate the development, production and equitable deployment of vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics for COVID-19. The Facilitation Council, which adopted its Terms of Reference today, will work to address ACT-A challenges and galvanise global leadership to enable for access to COVID-19 tools for all countries