UK’s Africa Minister responds Somaliland Coronavirus Assistance

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The British government has provided Covid19 assistance to the Somaliland government, This was revealed to parliament by UK’s Minister for Africa and Deputy Foreign Minister James Duddridge MP in response to question raised by  MP Matthew Offord Conservative, Hendon.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what practical assistance his Department is providing to the Government of Somaliland and in tackling the covid-19 pandemic.

Verbatim replies by UK’s Minister for Africa and Deputy Foreign Minister James Duddridge MP read

The UK is one of the leading supporters of COVAX, designed to support equitable access to vaccines internationally. One million vaccines have been agreed for Somalia, including Somaliland, of which a first tranche of 65,000 have arrived in Hargeisa and have been distributed across all regions of Somaliland. UK officials are monitoring the progress of this process and are working with the Somaliland government and international partners to support effective rollout, including via a weekly COVID coordination meeting. We have also provided £60,000 of PCR laboratory supplies to support COVID testing capacity.

 

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