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Covid-19 Symposium: Meeting the challenge

- Wits University

Symposium to focus on key challenges in dealing with a delayed but explosive unfolding of Covid-19 in parts of Africa.

The purpose of the symposium, held from 1 – 4 September 2020, was to identify best practice solutions in respect of:

  1. gaining of public trust in adhering to the health imperatives of social distancing and the use of approved therapies and vaccines to manage and contain outbreaks;
  2. the dynamic and most-effective use of testing, tracing and isolation as public health tools during a pandemic; and
  3. the scaling up of SARS_COV2 vaccine acquisition and distribution platforms that will serve all African countries for mass immunization.

The online symposium was hosted by Columbia University, the University of the Witwatersrand and Africa CDC, in collaboration with the Daily Maverick. Here follows post-symposium articles from a host of experts from Wits and its partners: