World Health Summit


A leading international forum for global health.
With science, politics, the private sector, and civil society – with inspiring talks, enhanced cooperations, and new solutions.

#WHS2021 Quotes

"Cross-border health threats need cross-border responses."

Ursula von der Leyen
President, European Commission

"Let us join together at the World Health Summit to embark into a future in which we are all sufficiently prepared and coordinated in order to respond to outbreaks as a united global community.“

Jens Spahn
Minister of Health, Germany

"At this year’s World Health Summit, let’s move from alarm to action. And let’s deliver the stronger health systems that every person deserves."

António Guterres
Secretary-General, United Nations 

"Health budgets are an investment that makes societies and economies stronger, more resilient and more equal. We need to rethink our policies, globally and locally. The question is how to make us collectively and as individual societies better prepared. How to become more resilient for future crises and threats."

Sanna Marin
Prime Minister, Finland

"Women and girls need to be prioritized in any concept of global health security."

Inger Ashing
CEO, Save the Children International

"Speeding up global vaccination is an absolute priority – and we are determined to continue to do our part."

Stella Kyriakides
Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, European Commission

"Solidarity is the gold standard in overcoming this pandemic."

Charles Michel
President, European Council

"This is the moment that we have to focus on health, and put the world in a much better health situation."

Paul Stoffels
Vice Chair of the Executive Committee and Chief Scientific Officer, Johnson & Johnson, United States of America

"The most important contribution which needs to be made for more fruitful actualization of innovation and technology potential we have in Europe is that we have to ensure a climate and culture which is open to innovation and open to science and its translation."

Özlem Türeci
Chief Medical Officer, BioNTech, Germany

"My call to action would be a better global governance – it is too fragmented."

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
Director-General, World Trade Organization (WTO)

"If now we don’t make the changes that will be required in the short window of opportunity, we will never make them."

Jeremy Farrar
Director, Wellcome Trust

"Better data alone will not lead to better political decisions. But we have a responsibility to offer decision makers the best data we can."

Chikwe Ihekweazu
Incoming Assistant Director General, WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence

"We need more innovation and we need to have it in a costeffective way."

Bill Anderson
CEO, Roche Pharmaceuticals, Switzerland

"Health for all means recognizing that a global multipartner effort and collaboration will be key."

Stefan Oelrich
Member of the Board of Management and Head of the Pharmaceuticals Division, Bayer AG, Germany

"Improving health for the global population requires strengthening supranational bodies." 

Axel R. Pries
World Health Summit President


"The future of medicine is data-driven, as we have seen in the corona crisis." 

Heyo Kroemer
CEO, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany

"We all talk about vaccine equity but the same applies to other medical diagnostics and tools."

Soumya Swaminathan
Chief Scientist, World Health Organization (WHO)

"It is very critical in public health to count everyone and make everyone count."

John Nkengasong
Director, Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, Ethiopia

"We need to make sure all the vaccines we are receiving really go into peoples' arms."

Lia Tadesse Gebremedhin
Federal Minister of Health, Ethiopia

"In just two years we came pretty far but we also learned a lot about the health systems, about inequality."

Bernd Montag
President and CEO, Siemens Healthineers AG

"Climate change affects poverty, affects hunger, certainly affects health."

Natalia Kanem
Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

"Viral diversity studies are only the first step in pandemic preparedness research. The focus needs to be on livestock and intermediary hosts."

Christian Drosten
Director of the Institute of Virology, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin

"Pandemic preparedness will be a priority for the long haul."

Mari Pangestu
Managing Director of Development Policy and Partnerships, World Bank

"Investment in health, and in vaccines in particular, should not be seen as a cost but as an investment."

Thomas Triomphe
Executive Vice President, Sanofi Pasteur

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#WHS2021 High Patron Quotes

"The COVID‑19 pandemic continues to throw up significant challenges, such as new variants of the virus or the syndrome known as long COVID, which we can only overcome together. I am therefore delighted that in 2021 the World Health Summit is once again bringing together experts working in science, politics, nongovernmental organisations and civil society around the world."

"The central topics of this 13th annual World Health Summit highlight the complexities and challenges that we must collectively address to alleviate inequalities in access to health care and treatment, harness science and technology and ensure that we are adequately prepared to deal with any future health crisis. The European Union has a key role to play, and these issues will naturally be at the heart of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union."

"In these two years, we have experimented a wealth of creative solutions for our public health: on vaccine sharing, on joint procurement of protective equipment and medicines, on ramping up the
manufacturing of pharmaceutical products, on preparedness, let alone with the creation of the European Health Union. We are willing to share this experience with the world, and to learn from others who have also explored new solutions. The World Health Summit will be the perfect platform for this."

"In the coming months and years, other crises will demand our attention, and distract us from the urgency of taking action now. If the world continues down the same path, it will continue to get the same result, which is a world that is less healthy, less safe and less fair. Although the pandemic has robbed us of so much, it also gives us a unique opportunity to make real and lasting change for a healthier, safer and fairer future. The World Health Summit is an essential forum for the high-level discussions we need to move towards that future."

Angela Merkel
Chancellor, Germany

Emmanuel Macron
President of the French Republic

Ursula von der Leyen
President, European Commission

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO)

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