In times like these, solidarity and international cooperation regardless of all borders is more important than ever.
The M8 Alliance, our unique multilateral partnership of 28 leading Academic Health Centers, Universities and 141 National Academies around the world within the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) foster knowledge exchange and cooperation to find solutions to the current global health crisis. The M8 Alliance has a clear view for a worldwide strategy in managing this pandemic: accurate communication is crucial, cooperation not competition is key. Also the M8 Alliance expresses its support for and solidarity with the WHO: "Its mission to promote health, keep the world safe and serve the vulnerable is fully in the focus of the M8 Alliance and its work."
The M8 Alliance statement on the crucial role of WHO is worth reading and sharing.
Also important information are the announcements by our M8 Alliance member, the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP). The Call for Global Solidarity on COVID-19 Pandemic can be found on our COVID-19 Platform with additional scientific insights from our M8 Alliance members.
Encouraging developments are taking place in many countries: in Germany: the Federal Ministry for Education and Research is supporting the formation of a research network for medical universities to improve collaboration in the fight against COVID-19. Our M8 Alliance member Charité in Berlin has taken on a leadership role in this.
Crucial times like these show that science has to take responsibility and that political action has to be based on scientific facts. "Just a few weeks ago, few politicians would have stood next to a scientist and asked for advice in front of rolling cameras. Now politicians hardly ever face the press without a scientist at their side“, we just wrote in a recently published article in the German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel.
Dear friends, a meeting like the World Health Summit where international experts from academia, politics, the private sector, and civil society come together to find solutions to global health challenges could not be more important.
For the World Health Summit in October in Berlin, we plan a program addressing the enormous challenges with suitable formats.
Stay safe and healthy