CAR MINISTER BLASTS ‘INEQUALITY CRISIS’ IN CORONAVIRUS TESTING

Written by on July 19, 2020

Central African Republic’s health minister has blasted a “big inequality crisis” in coronavirus testing as he sees rich countries conduct hundreds of thousands of tests daily while his own struggles to obtain supplies for a couple of hundred at most.

Pierre Somse told a World Health Organization (WHO) briefing on Thursday that “we are in a scarcity, a misery of tests” – a blunt assessment of the scrambling by African nations and rising fears as the pandemic’s first wave hits the continent of 1.3 billion people.

Somse said his country of more than four million people is still waiting for testing supplies ordered via the WHO.


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