Global Health Summit: No to Vaccine Nationalism
The Global Health Summit on May 21 in Rome, co-hosted by the European Commission and Italy, as chair of the G20, ended with a clear no to vaccine nationalism. The European Union announced the donation of 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to middle- and low-income countries before the end of the year, and the world leaders agreed on a new commitment to vaccine equity. In their concluding Rome Declaration, they called for voluntary licensing and technology transfers to boost vaccine production. The conclusions did not include any mention of the proposal made by the US administration to lift vaccines' intellectual property rights.
Read the Rome Declaration here
WHO and Germany Launch New Global Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence
The World Health Organization and Germany will establish a new global hub for pandemic and epidemic intelligence, data, surveillance and analytics innovation. The hub, based in Berlin, will work with partners around the world to lead innovations in data analytics across the largest network of global data to predict, prevent, detect, prepare for, and respond to pandemic and epidemic risks worldwide. The WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence is part of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme to drive innovations to increase availability and linkage of diverse data, develop tools and predictive models for risk analysis, and to monitor disease control measures, community acceptance and infodemics.
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74th World Health Assembly, May 24 - June 1
The 74th World Health Assemby kicked off virtually on May 24 with statements from various world leaders, health ministers and other high-ranking officials. The central topic: "Ending this pandemic, preventing the next: building together a healthier, safer and fairer world." In his opening address, WHO Director-General Tedros said the spread of COVID-19 is being perpetuated by a "scandalous inequity" in vaccine distribution. And German Chancellor Angela Merkel backed the idea of a "global health threat council". She said leaders should provide the WHO with "lasting financial and personal support."
The annual World Health Assembly is the highest decision-making body of the World Health Organization.
Read more on the 74th World Health Assembly here
Second WHO Health For All Film Festival
The World Health Organization's second call for entries to its Health for All Film Festival received nearly 1,200 submissions from 110 countries. Almost half of the short films feature themes related to COVID-19, revealing the pandemic's pervasive and universal consequences. The main competition categories for the Health for All Film Festival are aligned with the WHO’s global goals for public health. The jury recommended winners to WHO Director-General Tedros, who then made the final decision. The awards ceremony took place online mid-May.
Read more here and find the official selection and awards here
Print Publication Handbook of Global Health Now Available
The large reference work Handbook of Global Health, which features contributions from Robin Haring, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University in Australia, Ilona Kickbusch, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, and Detlev Ganten, Founding President of the World Health Summit, offers up-to-date information and expertise across all aspects of global health and helps readers achieve a multidisciplinary understanding of topics and trends in global health.
More on the Handbook of Global Health here
Global Young Academy 2020 Yearly Report is out
The Global Young Academy (GYA) 2020 Yearly Report is now available online. Stories in the report include the Women in Science working group fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, GYA becoming an affiliate member of the International Science Council, Global State of Young Scientists project now exploring Latin America and the Caribbean, and more.
Download the Global Young Academy 2020 Yearly Report here