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AU Chair joins WHO pledge conference

African Union Chairperson President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Monday, 04 May 2020, participate in a World Health Organisation (WHO) global response pledge conference convened by the European Union (EU).

The conference will mobilise resources for the WHO’s recently launched global collaboration to accelerate development, production and equitable global access to new COVID-19 essential health technologies.

This initiative entails development and production of new COVID-19 tools and equitable global access to safe, quality, effective, and affordable COVID-19 diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines, and ensuring that in the fight against COVID-19, no one is left behind.

The Virtual Pledging Conference is co-hosted by World Health Organisation Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus; President Emmanuel Macron of France; President Ursula von der Leyen of the European Commission, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The conference will be live streamed from 15h00 on the WHO website:

Public Enquiries: Presidential Hotline 17737
COVID-19 Specific enquiries: NICD Hotline 0800 0029 999

Media enquiries: Spokesperson to the President, Khusela Diko on

Issued by: The Presidency of the Republic of South Africa