In an open letter, Pandemic Action Network and nearly 40 international partners call on U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and fellow Foreign Ministers participating in the Nov. 10 Ministerial Meeting to make specific, time-bound commitments and take concrete steps to end the COVID-19 crisis and build back better from this pandemic.
With a focus on the need for a clear roadmap of concrete actions, timelines, and accountability to accelerate progress toward the global targets of vaccinating 70% of the population in every country by mid-2022, expanded delivery of other lifesaving response needs, and strengthened pandemic finance and governance, the letter specifically calls for ministers to:
- Divert COVID-19 vaccine production and delivery at scale with full transparency in 2021
- Commit to fully finance the global COVID-19 response and to prepare for future pandemic threats
- Ramp up and increase transparency of global supply and delivery of vaccines, tests, treatments, oxygen, PPE, and other COVID-19 tools, and strengthen supply chains and pharmacovigilance
- Prioritize strengthening country-level distribution and delivery capabilities in a manner that addresses current needs and future health system resilience
- Unlock special drawing rights (SDRs) for the global response & recovery
- Increase transparency and tracking from inputs to outcomes
The world cannot wait any longer for action to end this pandemic and help prevent the next one. Read the full letter.