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The European Union’s executive body has proposed a €1.85tr recovery package for member states whose economies have suffered as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
The European Commission said in a statement seen by the Reuters news agency:
The Commission is today proposing a new recovery instrument, called Next Generation EU, within a revamped long-term EU budget. In total, this European recovery plan will put €1.85 trillion to help kick-start our economy and ensure Europe bounces forward.
Twenty years ago Nelson Mandela made an impassioned plea for international cooperation on “one of the greatest threats humankind has faced”, writes Carien du Plessis in Johannesburg. Aids was ravaging lives and overwhelming health systems, at its peak killing up to 1,000 people a day in South Africa.
Mandela’s successor as president, Thabo Mbeki, was in obstinate denial. On the sidelines of the conference where Mandela made his appeal, Mbeki’s controversial health minister, Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, scolded scientists for daring to oppose the government’s stance.