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

"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

"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 

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

Inger Ashing
CEO, Save the Children International

"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

"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

"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
Assistant Director General, World Health Organization (WHO), 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

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

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

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

Heyo Kroemer
CEO, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin

"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

"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

"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

"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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