Dear friends and colleagues,
In these difficult and unusual times we are currently facing, one of the many things the COVID-19 pandemic has made undoubtedly clear: health needs to be a global public asset. With the whole world feeling the effects of SARS-CoV-2 and its mutations, vaccine doses should be shared equitably. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), instead of trying to protect their own nations first, rightly urged the global political leaders to engage in a collective response towards the pandemic. At last year’s World Health Summit, Dr. Tedros already stated: “We need a common understanding and global approach when dealing with COVID-19 and subsequent pandemics.”
The world is advised to act as a global community. It is in all our interests to strategically share the limited supply of vaccines we currently have. The extend to which we have made progress will be one of the central debates and topics during the upcoming World Health Summit in October.
COVID-19 shows very clearly that one of the most urgent issues of our time is society’s pandemic preparation and response. It is of utmost importance to improve this worldwide in order to better address future threats. Therefore, "Pandemic Preparedness: Lessons Learned from COVID-19" will remain a central theme of the World Health Summit.
While the program of the upcoming World Health Summit is well in preparation, we are also proud and honoured to announce the first three confirmations of our patrons for 2021: The President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the above-mentioned Dr. Tedros.
Dear friends and colleagues, in our view there can only be one solution to overcome these current challenges: facing them with common understanding and mutual strength, multilateralism, health diplomacy, and international cooperation.
Let us work together and try to make a real difference for global health.
With kind regards,