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PATH commits to action plan against COVID-19 at the second Global COVID-19 Summit

May 12, 2022 by PATH

PATH joins global leaders in pledging concrete commitments to advance the goals of the second Global COVID-19 Summit: to vaccinate the world, save lives now, and build better health security.

PATH’s commitments at the US COVID-19 Summit

To support these goals, PATH is proud to announce additional commitments, namely:

  • PATH will help vaccinate the world by supporting COVID-19 vaccination campaigns. We will provide training, mentorship, and supervision to health workers tasked with vaccination and deploy and scale digital tools to track vaccination and generate demand through targeted social media campaigns. This includes a US$5 million investment to reach an estimated 20 million vaccine-hesitant individuals in 2 years.
  • We will also support the development of a new affordable COVID-19 vaccine that could be manufactured in Brazil, Thailand, and Vietnam.
  • To save lives now, we will work with key partners to improve oxygen delivery in 10 countries through research, innovation, policy and advocacy, stakeholder engagement, and implementation support. We will also support the creation of healthy and sustainable markets for oxygen systems to expand access to this lifesaving medicine.
  • We will stand up interoperable digital systems in four countries to provide country governments with the information they need to identify and manage outbreaks, vaccination coverage, vaccine supplies and track vaccination records.
  • We will advance the affordability and reliability of COVID-19 diagnostics by performing market analyses, supporting the development of new technologies, navigating regulatory processes and requirements, and performing research that drives decision-making for health system stakeholders.
  • We will build better health security by using our expertise to equip world leaders with the information they need to design a better architecture for global health security.
  • Finally, we will work across our global team of advocates to hold leaders accountable to their commitments and to secure political support for the establishment of a new global health security and pandemic preparedness fund as well as other policies and funding to prevent and respond to future pandemics.

Progress on the path to better global health financing

PATH applauds the commitments of global leaders, including the US Government, who made commitments today in support of a new fund for sustainable pandemic and epidemic preparedness and response globally, which will be situated at the World Bank. Once established, this fund will support governments in the development of stronger public health infrastructure for resilience against future threats.

“The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated once again that the global funding model for epidemic and pandemic preparedness and response doesn’t work,” said Heather Ignatius, PATH’s Managing Director for Advocacy & Public Policy. The investments pledged by the US and Germany for a financial intermediary is a major milestone in building a better system that prioritizes the needs of low- and middle-income countries—now and for the next health crisis.  But we can’t stop here—other nations will need to step up and join the effort.”

We thank the leadership of Italy and Indonesia for moving forward the process of establishing the fund and welcome the expressed support from Japan, New Zealand, Korea, and Thailand.

Progress on the path to better global health financing

PATH applauds the commitments of global leaders, including the US Government, who made commitments today in support of a new fund for sustainable pandemic and epidemic preparedness and response globally, which will be situated at the World Bank. Once established, this fund will support governments in the development of stronger public health infrastructure for resilience against future threats.

“The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated once again that the global funding model for epidemic and pandemic preparedness and response doesn’t work,” said Heather Ignatius, PATH’s Managing Director for Advocacy & Public Policy. "The investments pledged by the US and Germany for a financial intermediary is a major milestone in building a better system that prioritizes the needs of low- and middle-income countries—now and for the next health crisis.  But we can’t stop here—other nations will need to step up and join the effort.”

We thank the leadership of Italy and Indonesia for moving forward the process of establishing the fund and welcome the expressed support from Japan, New Zealand, Korea, and Thailand.

A call for emergency funding

In addition to investment in the new global preparedness fund, PATH continues to call on the US Congress to provide critically needed global COVID-19 funding through an additional emergency supplemental bill. Ending the acute phase of the pandemic and making sure world is prepared for future threats will require political leadership at the highest levels, bold new investments, and sustained commitments from across sectors.