EU-Africa relations in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic. State of play and prospects

Author
Alexandre Kateb
Content Type
Policy Brief
Institution
Robert Schuman Foundation (RSF)
Abstract
According to official statistics, the African continent has been relatively spared by the Covid-19 pandemic compared to Europe, America and Asia. The factors behind the low incidence of coronavirus in Africa are not fully understood. According to the WHO, the African continent has benefited from certain structural factors such as the limited international connectivity of most African countries, with the exception of some regional "hubs" such as Johannesburg, Casablanca, Addis Ababa and Nairobi. Incidentally, the most 'connected' African countries such as Morocco and South Africa have incurred the highest prevalence rates of Covid-19, which may lend credence to this explanation.
Topic
International Relations, European Union, Pandemic, COVID-19
Political Geography
Africa, Europe