World Health Summit


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World Health Summit 2021 Speakers

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Speaker Quotes from the digital World Health Summit 2020

“No-one is safe from COVID-19; no-one is safe until we are all safe from it. Even those who conquer the virus within their own borders remain prisoners within these borders until it is conquered everywhere.”

Frank-Walter Steinmeier
Federal President, Germany

"All pulling together – this must be the hallmark of the European Health Union. I believe this can be a test case for true global health compact. The need for leadership is clear and I believe the European Union must assume this responsibility."

Ursula von der Leyen
President, European Commission

"All countries have signed up to Universal Health Coverage by 2030. But we cannot wait ten years. We need health systems that work, before we face an outbreak of something more contagious than COVID-19; more deadly; or both."

Antonio Guterres
Secretary-General, United Nations (UN)

"The lesson is clear: a strong health system is a resilient health system. Health systems and preparedness are not only an investment in the future, they are the foundation of our response today."

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

“The pandemic has brought the critical link between human health and economic growth to the front and center.”

Paul Hudson
CEO, Sanofi, France

"If we don’t address the concerns and fears we will not do ourselves a favor. In the end, it is about how technology can be advanced as well as how we can make healthcare more human."

Bernd Montag
CEO, Siemens Healthineers, Germany

"Human rights must be at the heart of the response to the crisis."

Winnie Byanyima
Executive Director, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS)

"Safe and effective vaccines will be especially critical to defeating COVID-19. It’s also important that we continue to prioritize vaccination against diseases that are already preventable, to help protect the most vulnerable among us."

Nanette Cocero
Global President of Vaccines, Pfizer, USA

"Governments of countries that are doing well during the pandemic have not only shown political leadership, but also have listened to scientists and followed their recommendations."

Soumya Swaminathan
Chief Scientist, World Health Organization (WHO)

"COVID-19 has revealed a collective failure to take pandemic prevention, preparedness and response seriously and prioritize it accordingly."

Victor Dzau 
President, National Academy of Medicine, USA

"Covax represents the world's most significant effort to promote vaccine mulilateralism in the interest of ending the acute phase of the pandemic as quickly as possible."

Richard Hatchett
CEO, Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI)

"Academic collaboration is in place and is really a bridging partnership."

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

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