KIGALI, Rwanda

The World Health Organization (WHO) pledged Saturday to support African countries on joint coronavirus disease preparedness and response strategies as the threat looms over the continent.

WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, made the announcement at an emergency meeting with African health ministers at the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Moeti said the WHO finds there are critical gaps in readiness for countries across the continent.

The WHO conducted a survey with countries to assess overall readiness for the disease, now called COVID-19, and found regional readiness level was an estimated 66%.

“We need

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