PRESIDENT of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Félix Tshisekedi, has now taken over the helm of the African Union to serve as the chairman for one year.
He replaces his South African counterpart, Cyril Ramaphosa, following the AU’s 34th summit on Saturday.
As we hand over the baton to the DRC, we are determined to continue working with President Tshisekedi to ensure that Africa becomes an integrated continent, politically united, based on the ideals of Pan-Africanism & the vision of African renaissance.https://t.co/TB42zNGHkb— Cyril Ramaphosa 🇿🇦 #StaySafe (@CyrilRamaphosa) February 6, 2021
This comes as the continent has so far been hit less hard than other regions, recording 3.5 percent of global virus cases and 4 percent of global deaths, according to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).
Therefore, many African countries are battling damaging second waves while straining to procure sufficient vaccine doses.
Vaccine financing is, however, is expected to be discussed at this year’s summit.