African leaders say China will ensure the supply of 30 million COVID-19 testing kits and 10,000 ventilators each month for the African continent as the COVID-19 pandemic accelerates there.
A statement by the South African President's office says the supplies will be available for purchase via new continental platform that African nations set up to negotiate cheaper prices for urgently needed medical equipment amid intense global competition.
The head of the Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention has said each African nation will be given a quota based on its population and number of COVID-19 cases. The South African statement says Netherland, France, Canada, South Korea also have been partners in the effort.
African countries have been outspoken about the for equitable distribution of medical supplies, including vaccines and treatments for the Coronavirus, saying the COVID-19 pandemic won't be over until the entire world is protected.