Learning Our Lessons: What’s Missing from Pandemic Preparedness
*This article, co-authored by Global Health Council President and Executive Director, Elisha Dunn-Georgiou, and Chris Collins, President and CEO of Friends of the Global Fight, originally appeared in Global Health News NOW
In the aftermath of COVID-19, there have been many proposals to address future health threats. Countries are negotiating a Pandemic Accord. The World Bank established a multilateral financing mechanism, the Pandemic Fund, to help countries build capacity. But, in our race to find new solutions, we shouldn’t overlook those that already exist.
To successfully combat future outbreaks, nations will need to utilize the expertise and infrastructure of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund —which have fought pandemics for decades. At the upcoming UN High-Level Meeting on Pandemic Preparedness, we have an opportunity to build on the lessons learned from these 2 organizations. We would be negligent not to do so.
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