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.
The UN’s 75th anniversary will also mark the first year world leaders don’t convene in New York in late September for the general debate, UN General Assembly President Tijjani Muhammad-Bande announced this month—an indication of the enduring gravity of COVID-19, whose impact on development, immunization,
No country is on course to meet all 10 of WHO’s 2025 global nutrition targets and just eight of 194 countries are on track to meet four targets, according to the 2020 Global Nutrition Report (GNR). Published this month, the GNR reported that one in every nine people in the world is hungry, and one in every three is overweight or obese.
WHO announced the launch of its new foundation—a legally separate entity that will support the organization and its implementing partners to deliver on the “triple billion” goals—on May 27.
The COVID-19 pandemic informed the content and format of the 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA) May 18–19, as WHO’s decision-making body met via video conferencing technology for the first time and focused on the COVID-19 response and essential governance matters.
COVID-19 cases in Africa passed 100,000 in late May—a relatively low figure in a region with just 1.5 percent of the confirmed cases worldwide. A slower transmission rate and younger population left some observers optimistic, even as WHO warned of overwhelmed hospitals, UNICEF of missed vaccinations, and the World Food Programme (WFP) of desperate shortages.
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.