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COVID-19: ACT-Accelerator partnership needs bn to fill funding gap – WHO

By Cecilia Ologunagba

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Sunday that total funding committed to the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT-Accelerator) partnership remained at $ 15.1 billion with a gap of more than $ 16 billion .

WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus said this at the just concluded G7 summit in Cornwall, UK.

ACT-Accelerator is the proven and operational global collaboration to accelerate the development, production and equitable access to COVID-19 tests, treatments and vaccines.

It was created in response to a call from G20 leaders in March and launched by the WHO, the European Commission, France and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in April 2020.

In a statement posted on the WHO website, the Director-General thanked the G7 countries for their commitment to share at least 870 million doses of vaccines to low- and middle-income countries over the next year.

Ghebreyesus called for more support to close the gap in the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, and said many other countries are now facing an increase in the number of vaccine-free cases.

“More than 16 billion dollars are still needed in 2021 to fully fund the work of ACT-Accelerator, the global partnership of major international health organizations which is at the midpoint of its funding requirement for 2020-21,” said he declared.

According to him, the leaders of the G7 stressed the importance of all the ACT-Accelerator to come out of the pandemic.

“ACT-Accelerator’s funding gap remains large with an urgent need for funding for tests, treatments and health systems to ensure an end to the pandemic everywhere,” he added.

The CEO therefore warned of increasing the equity divide between the essential tools of COVID-19.

He said that in addition to vital vaccine research and development and procurement, ACT-Accelerator needed funds to strengthen health systems and protect health workers administering the necessary tools.

He said: “He needs funds to test, detect and contain hot spots, as well as to identify new variants that will continue to appear; and treatments to save the lives of those who will continue to catch and suffer from COVID-19.

“There is an urgent need for treatments like oxygen, which is seeing an increase in demand five times – and in cases like India, 10 times – more than needed before the pandemic.

“The funding needed for the ACT-Accelerator will address the challenges of getting products to where they are needed most, helping establish testing for 500 million people in low- and middle-income countries of by mid-2021.

“Funds are also needed to help secure the necessary oxygen supply as well as distribute 165 million doses of treatment, including dexamethasone which can save the lives of people seriously ill with COVID,” he said. declared.

Following Sunday’s 2021 G7 leaders’ summit, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a donation of an additional 870 million doses of vaccine from attendees.

The majority of doses will be delivered via COVAX, the vaccine pillar of the COVID 19 Access Tool Accelerator, over the next year.

Participants included heads of G7 member states as well as Australia, India, South Africa and the Republic of Korea, invited as guests.

The G7 countries are a group of the seven largest advanced economies in the world, namely: United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Canada, France, Japan and the United States.

The leaders confirmed their support for all pillars of the ACT-Accelerator through treatment, testing and strengthening of public health systems as well as vaccines.

In addition, they indicated their intention to work with the private sector, the G20 and other countries to increase the contribution to vaccines in the coming months.

Since its CEO Summit in February 2021, the G7 has committed a billion doses in total. (NAA)

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