Lords Committee to take evidence on effects of Covid-19 across Africa


The House of Lords International Relations and Defence Committee will this week take evidence from a World Health Organisation and African Union special envoy in a session covering the preparedness and effects of COVID-19 in Africa, and international coordination during the pandemic.Lords Licensing Act Committee Asks Think Tanks If Legislation Is ...


The evidence session will be conducted on zoom and can be followed at www.parliamentlive.tv from 3pm on Friday 15 May. Giving evidence will be:


  • Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, World Health Organisation and African Union Special Envoy; former Nigerian Finance Minister and Foreign Minister.


Topics the session will cover include:


  • What are the principal effects of the COVID-19 pandemic across Africa?
  • The preparedness of Africa for the pandemic and whether previous epidemics have helped in the response to COVID-19?
  • How the continent can be supported in public health and economic impacts of COVID-19 by the UK government and global organisations.
  • How will the pandemic affect African countries’ economies?
  • How can we best ensure that progress towards gender equality is not reversed as a result of COVID-19?
  • How effectively has the African Union responded to COVID-19, and how well are African countries coordinating their responses?
  • What role should international partnerships play in the development and global distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine and how can we ensure it will be available to all countries, including those in Africa?
  • What are the current issues facing Nigeria’s economy, and are these exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic?



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