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COVID-19: A Breakthrough Moment for China’s Soft Power in Africa

An Ethiopian Airlines cargo plane at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa loaded with large amounts of supplies donated by Chinese billionaire Jack Ma to help Africa combat the spread of COVID-19. Photo via Xinhua.

After months of waiting anxiously, reports of the COVID-19 virus spreading across is now a daily occurrence. As of today, there are 1198 confirmed cases in 41 African countries.

Most of Africa’s 1.3 billion people live in countries with weak healthcare infrastructure, therefore, the COVID-19 outbreak could quickly spiral out of control. This is why preventing and controlling the spread of the virus is how many African countries are hoping to contain the virus. For that, they need medical supplies.

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