COVID-19 has reinforced the importance of investing in and building strong, equitable, and resilient health systems worldwide. Global Health Council has consistently advocated for holistic responses to deadly disease outbreaks of all kinds and has maintained the call for a global response to the pandemic throughout COVID-19 relief package negotiations. Responsible international investments will protect American interests, save lives, and preserve existing U.S. global health achievements.
We are pleased to see that Congress was able to come to an agreement in their arduous negotiations, which includes funding for Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. This is a constructive beginning to a larger, U.S. response to the pandemic worldwide. “Much more needs to be done—from providing additional funding to sharing technical expertise—if we stand a chance of addressing the global impact of COVID-19 and protecting global health achievements made to date,” said Loyce Pace, President & Executive Director of Global Health Council. Global Health Council stands ready to work with the incoming session of Congress as policymakers grapple with how best to address COVID-19 through annual appropriations and emergency relief as it continues to surge globally.
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Established in 1972, Global Health Council (GHC) is the leading membership organization supporting and connecting advocates, implementers, and stakeholders around global health priorities worldwide. GHC represents the collaborative voice of the community on key issues; we convene stakeholders around key priorities and actively engage with decision-makers to influence global health policy. Learn more at www.globalhealth.org. GHC published A Guide to U.S. Investments in Global Health: Transforming Communities Worldwide, comprehensive consensus recommendations on a variety of global health issues, which are available at www.ghbb.globalhealth.org.
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Heyab Ogbasion, Manager, External Engagement
Global Health Council