ACT (Access to COVID-19 Tools) Accelerator Initiative

International collaboration to accelerate the development, production and equitable distribution of new tools to combat Covid-19

On 16 April, the President of the French Republic held a conference call with the heads of the main international organizations concerned with global health, which are active in the response to COVID-19 (WHO, Global Fund, Unitaid, Gavi, CEPI, Wellcome Trust, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, World Bank, Medicines Patent Pool, and Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, Chair of the Analysis, Research and Expert Committee) to step up international coordination with WHO and build a multilateral initiative. The participants agreed on the need for a coordinated, comprehensive initiative, focusing on both efficiency and equity.

These discussions led to the creation of a call for support, with the aim of accelerating development of and access to diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines, including in the most disadvantaged countries.

To officially launch this initiative, a public videoconference was held on Friday, 24 April 2020 which included several Heads of State and Government and major global health stakeholders. The Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, will spearhead the initiative alongside European and international partners.

Aims:

  • Speed up the development and production of diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines. This is particularly urgent as an increasing number of countries and territories are gradually lifting the restrictive measures taken to slow the spread of the virus.
  • Ensure safe, equitable and universal access to diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines. We must immediately conceive a comprehensive approach to ensure no-one is left behind and adopt a fair, transparent, equitable, effective and prompt international response.
  • Consolidate healthcare systems to combat COVID-19 and continue to fight other diseases. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on the world’s most vulnerable people. It is essential to strengthen healthcare systems worldwide to help countries fight the pandemic, prevent these systems from becoming overwhelmed by the crisis, and not undermine progress made in combating AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

A Donors’ Conference will be organized on the 4th of May 2020 at the invitation of the President of the European Commission. Countries, organisations and companies are encouraged to contribute, with a total commitment target of approximately €7.5 billions of initial funding.

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Commitment and Call for Actions
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Last updated on: 1 May 2020