The Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator has lofty ambitions, according to a detailed investment case WHO published on June 26: delivery of 2 billion vaccine doses globally by the end of 2021, along with apportionment of 245 million therapeutics courses and 500 million tests in low- and middle-income countries by the middle of 2021.
Multilaterals added to funding appeals in May as the cost of combating the pandemic outstripped earlier estimates.
As the world raced throughout the month to respond to COVID-19, several multilaterals sounded the alarm over indirect global health effects of the disease, including increased morbidity and mortality from other causes.
The multilateral response to the Covid-19 pandemic gained traction this month with progress on medical interventions, logistics, and UNGA operations.
The Trump administration on February 10 issued a proposed U.S. government budget that would eliminate funding for UNICEF and UNFPA and reduce support for WHO by 53 percent and for PAHO by 75 percent. The proposal repeated requests from the same exercise last year—such as the elimination of funds for USAID—while raising others: last year’s proposed 29 percent cut to the Global Fund increased to 58 percent.
A World Economic Forum (WEF) dedicated to a “cohesive and sustainable world” heard fiery remarks from UN Secretary-General António Guterres, who said in a speech at the Davos event last week that the world is “doomed” unless major industrial nations reduce emissions.
WHO prequalified its first Ebola vaccine on November 12, less than two days after the European Commission gave conditional approval to the drug. In what WHO called its “fastest vaccine prequalification process ever,” the organization cleared Merck’s single-shot Ervebo for procurement by UN agencies and Gavi.
The Rockefeller Foundation announced at the UN General Assembly its new initiative to introduce tech-powered tools that use artificial intelligence to help prevent t
On September 24, 12 multilateral agencies launched the Stronger Collaboration, Better Health: Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well-being for All, a joint plan to help countries accelerat