We are in a moment of existential consequence. Even before COVID-19 shifted our realities, 2020 was already going to be a monumental year – the beginning of the 10-year countdown for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the start of what science tells us is our last best decade for averting climate catastrophe, the year of a seismically significant election in the United States, and a year of churning politics and polarities across much of the world in this 75th birthday year of the United Nations.
This was a year when every sign was already pointing to our profound interdependence and our need for solutions that tap each other’s greatest talents and strengths across communities and countries, even as fear, distrust, and vitriol threaten to drive us apart.
Then came COVID-19 – a particle all of 125 nanometers that brought the world to its knees and put all of us to a fundamental test: will we fall prey to our worst instincts, or are we prepared to come together against a common enemy and embrace a shared future?
This is the test of our times, and it is a test we must urgently pass. It is also a test we have passed before.
When the United Nations was created from the ashes of the Second World War 75 years ago, it was in many respects a far worse time. Almost 3% of the world’s population had perished – nearly 80 million people. We had reason to coin a new word – “genocide” – to describe new depths of human cruelty. Half the world lived on less than a dollar a day, much of the world was colonized, fewer than half of all adults on the planet could read and write, and nearly a quarter of children died before the age of 5.
That was the context when nations – with the U.S. in the lead – came together and chose cooperation over conflict, building a network of institutions to tackle the most pressing problems and deliver critical global public goods to benefit all humanity, and an infrastructure for cooperation that might allow our better instincts to prevail.
That multilateral system – with the UN at its heart – has lasted ever since and helped deliver incredible gains over the decades. It has supported the path to peaceful independence for dozens of countries, helped define and strengthen human rights standards, eradicated smallpox and reduced the suffering of millions from other diseases, closed the ozone hole, underpinned decades of economic growth, banned landmines, and established global rules and standards for air safety, international shipping, internet domain names, even mail.
Today, that system of cooperation, indeed our sheer potential to cooperate with each other, is being put to the most severe test in our lifetimes, just as we need it the most.
Consider the future as it fans out before us.
It is a simple undeniable fact that no country can defeat COVID-19 alone. We need the thousands of scientists and clinicians working across dozens of countries to discover a vaccine, we need public health systems to work everywhere in order to defeat COVID-19 anywhere, we need the World Health Organization (WHO) to coordinate the global response, and we need the world’s economies to join forces in recovery so that the cure is not worse than the disease.
We must be equally united in striving to protect hard-won progress in other areas hit by the pandemic. Up to 80 million children are again vulnerable to measles, polio, and other preventable diseases because routine immunization programs have been halted, 1.6 billion students are out of school, domestic abuse against women has risen, hunger is on the upswing, and over 70 million people risk falling back into poverty amid the deepest global downturn since the Great Depression.
And we must be no less unified or resolute in confronting the toughest issues on our horizon, from the fight for racial equality to the imperative of harnessing technology for good to the climate emergency that will make COVID-19 look like child’s play.
The stakes are even higher when we think about the possibilities of this still-young century. Just a generation ago, a billion more people lived in extreme poverty than today. Just five years ago, world leaders adopted the SDGs – the set of 17 goals they pledged to achieve by 2030 to create a better world for people and planet. Just last week, Africa was declared free of the wild poliovirus. Each of those gains has required global cooperation, and with renewed collective determination, the possibilities for human advance are staggering.
But even as we renew our faith in global cooperation, we will need to reinvent it for our new, fast-moving, and interconnected era. Here, even amid turbulence, we see hopeful signs.
We see new forms of leadership, like the growing cohort of business leaders who are doubling down on climate action and sustainable business practices because they know that it is the economy of the future, or the governors and mayors who are working to leverage their collective influence, as in the case of the U.S. Climate Alliance of bipartisan state governors committed to the Paris Agreement, which now encompasses more than half of the country’s population and more than half of its economy.
We see new forms of power, like the youth activists around the world mobilizing to hold older generations to account, and popular social movements that have brought millions into the streets worldwide in a common struggle against racial inequality and discrimination.
We see new ideas and solutions, from the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator that is working to make equitable access to safe vaccines and treatments a reality for all, to our own experience with the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, which has shown us a powerful other side to the pandemic. Through the Fund, over 568,000 people and organizations from more than 190 countries and across all sectors have come together to provide the single greatest source of financial support for WHO’s efforts to combat COVID-19. From people giving just a dollar to multinational corporations giving $10 million, their solidarity has helped WHO rebuild supply chains, deliver vital equipment where it is needed most, coordinate trials for treatments and vaccines, and ensure that countries with the weakest health systems can cope.
This is a glimmer of what solidarity looks like at scale and in ways we could never have conceived, and it should inspire us to bring similar determination to a whole host of other shared challenges. After all, the climate emergency, systemic racism, extreme poverty, and inequality should unify us no less than this virus.
The SDGs even give us a road map. Why wouldn’t we make girls and women equal, inside of the 99.5 years experts tell us we will have to wait? Why wouldn’t we eradicate more diseases starting with COVID-19? Why wouldn’t we consign racism decisively to the past? Why would we be tempted by beggar-thy-neighbor politics when we can be brave enough to move forward further and faster together? Why wouldn’t we act to save our one and only planet for our children?
When world leaders “gather” for the first virtual opening of the UN General Assembly, their agenda will span the critical issues of our day, from defeating COVID-19, to recovering our economies, renewing our democracies, and raising ambition to tackle climate change and accelerate the SDGs.
For all the power of new forms of leadership, we must also continue to demand that world leaders actually lead. That is their job. There is no substitute for it, especially from those who lead the world’s most powerful countries. Even if national leadership alone is no longer sufficient, Stan Lee had it right – with great power comes great responsibility, and we need leaders to exercise it.
That’s what the UN’s founders did in 1945. They were battered by war and sobered by deprivation, and they didn’t share every value. But they did understand that their peoples all had more to gain from cooperation than conflict, and that they needed institutions to give practical effect to that conviction.
Today we are in a crisis different, but no less deep, than the world faced in 1945, and we confront a similar test. Even if our own traumas deepen before they lift, can we show the foresight that the founders of the UN did 75 years ago to anticipate our deepest interests? Will we summon the imagination to invent and envision new ways of working together? And will we have the courage to reach out across borders to build partnerships and coalitions that will be resilient in the face of future challenges?
COVID-19 has set us the test of our lifetime. Our only choice is to pass that test.
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Ideally, humanity would end COVID-19 by eradicating it so there are no new cases globally even in the absence of preventive measures. However, experience with other disease eradication programmes indicates that this will be very challenging, and…
On 4 June, global leaders met at a virtual event to pledge support for Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and in the process made history by reaching new global health milestones
Seventy (out of 73) Gavi-eligible countries have reported 475,401 confirmed cases and 12,464 deaths. Though this number still accounts for a small proportion, about 7%, of global COVID-19 cases, this share is expected to increase given the…
The Global Vaccine Summit, hosted by the UK, raises US$ 8.8 billion from 32 donor governments and 12 foundations, corporations and organisations to immunise 300m children and support the global fight against COVID-19.
Gavi Advance Market Commitment for COVID-19 Vaccines (Gavi Covax AMC) launched at Global Vaccine Summit 2020 draws strong support, early commitments from global leaders.
We’ve all seen the shocking projections: at least 80 million children under one are at risk of developing diseases like measles, diphtheria, and polio due to disruptions in routine immunization services because of COVID-19.
As one of the poorest low-income countries in South East Asia, Myanmar faces many barriers to implementing a strong and effective response to COVID-19. Gavi has now allocated over US$ 8.8 million to help ensure that Myanmar is better able to…
In the absence of a vaccine or treatment against the new coronavirus, measures to control its spread rely on avoiding contact with people who we are not sharing a house with. This study shows the varying effects of such preventive measures.
The physical distancing necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19 can be emotionally distressing, but since the virus is unlikely to disappear soon, when will life regain a semblance of normality?
Zipline is a California-based automated logistics company that uses autonomous drones to make on-demand, emergency deliveries of high priority products, including emergency and routine vaccines and other health products.
The pandemic will only strengthen our commitment to vaccinate vulnerable communities. On 4 June 2020 Gavi will hold its third donor pledging conference online with the aim to raise vital funds for the next five years.
The COVID-19 pandemic is most often compared to the H1N1 influenza pandemic of 1918, or Spanish flu, even though there have been three other major pandemics since then. So how does this coronavirus pandemic compare to those?
Equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines was a major priority for world leaders attending the virtual meeting
Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities in Europe and the USA are overrepresented in COVID-19 deaths. In the bid to slow and, ultimately, stop the spread of COVID-19 it is vital to understand the reasons why, in order to adequately…
Health is not just a human right, it is a prerequisite for development. Through its advocacy programme Global Health, Global Access, Cordaid continually stresses the importance of Health for All.
While the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths stays relatively low across Africa, Asia and Latin America compared with the rest of the world, the economic and social consequences are likely to reverberate for decades to come.
The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting vaccination programmes across the world, but this could provide an opportunity to hasten the move to digital record-keeping systems.
Altering the ease with which the new coronavirus spreads in the population is critical to controlling the pandemic. The number of people infected by any single case - the R number – will be key. If the virus is able to infect more than one person…
There is no fundamental reason to stop immunization in any situation.
Seventy (out of 73) Gavi-eligible countries have reported 257,996 confirmed cases and 7,547 deaths. These 70 countries account for a small proportion, about 5%, of global COVID-19 cases and 2% of global deaths.
Vietnam became one of the first countries to report a COVID-19 infection and the first to report human-to-human transmission outside of China. One hundred days later, just 270 cases had been confirmed in the country, with no deaths.
It is clear that the search for COVID-19 vaccines is being fast-tracked like never before. In just a few months, we now have over 100 vaccine candidates in development, ten of which are being tested in clinical trials.
Agencies call for joint effort to safely deliver routine immunization and proceed with vaccination campaigns against deadly vaccine-preventable diseases.
Experts are warning that COVID-19 could become an endemic disease. What does this mean and how will it impact our response?
Pregnant women can be more exposed to risk during outbreaks. With 200 million pregnant women in the world, is the global pandemic response adequate to protect them, and not just from the coronavirus?
The country has made strategic investments including supply chain strengthening and technological innovation, all of which have allowed critical immunisation activities to continue during and beyond the quarantine.
Does air travel increase your chances of getting becoming infected by the novel coronavirus and contracting COVID-19?
Controlling the pandemic demands a multi-pronged approach with other key methods like contact tracing to help stop the chain of transmission.
Zenysis is an advanced analytics software company. Their platform helps countries harness the life-saving power of data to improve the delivery of essential health services, like childhood vaccination, and to fight infectious disease outbreaks.…
What our lives will look in the short to medium term future is uncertain, but what does seem clear is we won’t return to a pre-COVID-19 life any time soon. Here are three potential scenarios that infectious disease experts have sketched out for…
The COVID-19 pandemic is putting a strain on health systems worldwide. The increasing demand on health facilities and health care workers has dramatically shifted resources from essential routine health services to COVID-19 response as countries…
Social inequity will put the poorest populations at greater risk from COVID-19
Initially, children seemed to be least affected by the new coronavirus. However, new evidence suggests that a small number might have a rare immune reaction to COVID-19, with some needing intensive care.
As countries rich and poor struggle with challenges in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, Afghanistan is taking proactive steps to overcome its own.
Personal protective equipment, or PPE, such as masks and gloves are becoming part of our daily lives, but what counts as effective PPE and what doesn’t?
The new coronavirus has killed more than a quarter of a million people in just a few months, but the pandemic’s effect on food, housing and job insecurity will last years.
Will efforts to save lives in cases of severe COVID-19 trigger another global health crisis once the pandemic is over?
Sixty-nine (out of 73) Gavi-eligible countries have reported 123,129 confirmed cases and 3,941 deaths, five more countries than the 64 announced last week. These countries account for about 3% of global COVID-19 cases and deaths.
Tracking who is infected is essential to controlling the transmission of contagious diseases. Could digital technology prove to be a game-changer for the current pandemic?
Because of vaccination, many deadly diseases are now preventable. But we still lack vaccines for other potentially lethal diseases that could spread to become pandemics like COVID-19. Here is a list of 10 diseases to watch.
Even when a COVID-19 vaccine is available, testing can help pinpoint populations who should be prioritised for immunisation.
For the global health community, the implications resulting from COVID-19 could be immense.
How we can ensure that once a COVID-19 vaccine is available, it is accessible to everyone that needs it.
The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a heavy burden on global economies, health care systems and other core sectors. Gavi is helping countries reallocate their health system strengthening grants to provide fast and flexible funding for vital…
Q&A with Dr Vertando Halim, Coordinator of Expanded Programme on Immunization, Jakarta, Indonesia
With so many lives and livelihoods at stake, when will the lockdowns end, and what will they look like across the world?
As part of Gavi’s work supporting lower-income countries’ response to COVID-19, the Alliance is providing US$ 40 million to UNICEF to secure supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) and diagnostics for 58 countries.
The world is currently on pause, buying time while an effective vaccine against COVID-19 is developed. Already, several vaccines have entered human trials, and discussions have begun about how the most promising candidates might be manufactured…
The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a heavy burden on global economies, healthcare systems and other core sectors. Gavi is helping countries reallocate their health system strengthening grants to provide fast and flexible funding for vital resources…
Goal of new global collaboration is to make COVID-19 diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines available to everybody that needs them as quickly as possible.
How the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic can help us be better prepared for distributing and administering potential COVID-19 vaccines.
Indigenous groups face unique health challenges. How do we mitigate these risks in our COVID response?
How exactly is the COVID-19 virus spread and will a mask protect me?
The immediate and long-term consequences of the coronavirus pandemic are disproportionately impacting the lives of women and girls, and the most marginalised.
How does the benefit of stopping the spread of coronavirus weigh up against the risks from diseases such as measles?
With COVID-19 spreading in low- and middle-income countries, governments have been imposing strict lockdowns that could pose an even greater threat than the virus itself.
Interview with Emmanuel Lansana, outpatient supervisor at Monrovia’s Redemption Hospital in Liberia, about lessons learned from the Ebola outbreak that can help tackle COVID-19.
Africa is better prepared now to perform research in emerging infections than during the Ebola epidemics in West Africa.
Will new evidence suggesting that the virus is airborne mean we all need to wear masks?
Although there are guidelines on how long people should self-isolate when infected, the data on how long people remain contagious is not yet fully understood.
Could the impact of COVID-19 on routine immunisation be an even bigger threat in low-income countries than the virus itself?
At least 13.5 million people to miss out on vaccinations due to postponement of campaigns and interruptions in routine vaccinations, with millions more likely to follow.
As we continue to encroach on the environment and erode natural habitats, the likelihood of other diseases like COVID-19 emerging to devastate the planet are high.
Large-scale testing for COVID-19 could help solve some of the mysteries surrounding the virus that are still puzzling scientists.
Imperial model of the spread of COVID-19 implies a suppression strategy could be most effective.
With nearly 550,000 people infected, almost 25,000 dead, and hundreds of millions in lockdown across the globe, the coronavirus pandemic has brought the world to a standstill. But what do we know about COVID-19 and what can we do to fight this…
Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance applauds the commitment of the G20 Leaders chaired by Saudi Arabia “to provide immediate resources to the WHO’s…
The idea of herd immunity as the solution to the COVID-19 pandemic has triggered heated debate, but what is herd immunity and how does it work?
Over 1 billion lives are at risk if COVID-19 sweeps through crowded slums. How can we prepare?
With an increasing number of countries around the globe going into lockdown because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people forced to stay home may be wondering why these measures are necessary, how long they will need to go on for and what it will…
On the most recent issue of The Bio Report podcast, Gavi's Aurélia Nguyen discusses COVID-19 vaccine development, the role of the Vaccine Alliance in stopping the pandemic, and shares lessons learned from the 2014 Ebola outbreak that may prove…
When a COVID-19 vaccine is available, how will we pay for it?
With the COVID-19 pandemic already affecting 47 Gavi-supported countries, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance has already taken new steps to help strengthen the preparedness of health systems in lower-income countries with the full support of its Board.…
If COVID-19 epidemics are not controlled, 510,000 people could die in the UK and 2.2 million in the USA.
With zero cases of COVID-19 in Mozambique so far, Dr Rosa Marlene, National Director of Public Health of Mozambique, discusses a potential impact that a pandemic of this magnitude could have on the country’s health system.
We touch countless objects every day, from house keys to our mobile phones. The virus that causes COVID-19 can last for anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours in the air (in the form of aerosol droplets) before drifting down onto surfaces,…
Clinical trials for vaccines can take 10-15 years and cost hundreds of millions of dollars, which is why pharmaceutical companies can be reluctant to start down that challenging road without a definite pay-off at the end. As the COVID-19 pandemic…
Africa marks a critical juncture for the coronavirus pandemic.
From travel restrictions to social distancing, what is the best way to stop a pandemic?
We don’t yet know how the COVID-19 pandemic will progress and how long it will take for a vaccine to be developed, but the knowledge and experience gained from past outbreaks can be applied to the global response to coronavirus.
A vaccine against the novel coronavirus is under urgent development as the number of people infected with COVID-19 increases, a process which could also result in a new range of highly innovative vaccine technologies that ushers in a new era in…