Nigeria, Dec. 7 -- The World Health Organisation (WHO) launched its Africa Infodemic Response Alliance (AIRA) initiative on Thursday, December 3, 2020.

The launch was held on zoom, owing to COVID-19 restrictions.

This is coming amid the growing spread of COVID-19 in the African continent with over 2.1 million confirmed cases, more than 1.8 million recoveries & 52,000 deaths cumulatively.

With the pandemic came the spread of COVID-19 related misinformation on social media, blogs, online news sites and even traditional media. Hence, the need for this initiative to tackle such misinformation.

According to the United Nations (UN) Pulse (a Secretary-General's initiative on big data and artificial intelligence), COVID-19 Information has bee...