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May 11, 2022

Ahead of the 2nd Global COVID-19 Summit tomorrow, GHTC Executive Director Jamie Bay Nishi shared the coalition’s commitments to unlocking funding to advance research to expand the pipeline of affordable, easier-to-deploy COVID-19 technologies for low-resource settings and strengthen regionally distributed research and development (R&D) capacity.

Her video remarks are below, followed by GHTC’s full commitments across the three summit thematic pillars:

Full commitments

VACCINATE THE WORLD: The Global Health Technologies Coalition will amplify evidence of gaps in the upstream vaccine research and development (R&D) aspects of the COVID-19 response and work to ensure political support and additional resources to support R&D of next-generation vaccines designed to better reach the last mile and address emerging variants and for strengthening regional research and manufacturing capacities. This includes expanding multisector support for research and clinical trials to accelerate vaccine development, strengthening vaccine prequalification and regulatory authorities to facilitate market entry while ensuring quality and safety, and mobilizing sustainable financing for regional vaccine manufacturing hubs that can be deployed for the COVID-19 response but also effectively leveraged and optimized for a broader range of health areas.

SAVE LIVES NOW: The Global Health Technologies Coalition (GHTC) will hold public- and private-sector stakeholders accountable to unlocking funding and advancing research to expand the pipeline of affordable, easy-to-deploy diagnostics and therapeutics, particularly for use in low-resource settings. GHTC will galvanize its partners to push for more efficient prequalification and regulatory reviews of novel COVID-19 technologies and work to remove policy barriers to support bolstered testing, surveillance, genomic sequencing, and data sharing to better detect and monitor emerging variants. GHTC will also amplify the calls by its global partners for strengthened regional capacities to manufacture all types of medical countermeasure products.

BUILD BETTER HEALTH SECURITY: The Global Health Technologies Coalition (GHTC) supports the creation of a new pandemic preparedness fund and will leverage its platform and network of partners to highlight how the fund should be utilized to bolster country and regional pandemic research and development (R&D) capacities including surveillance, laboratory infrastructure, clinical trial, manufacturing, regulatory capabilities, pharmacovigilance, and supply chain management. The Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) is a ready-made platform for countries to identify and articulate their capacity gaps and financing needs. GHTC, through the Global Health Security Agenda Consortium, is engaging the GHSA R&D Task Force to develop a tool that enables countries to assess their R&D pandemic preparedness capabilities. The Task Force also serves as a platform to elevate perspectives of national and regional stakeholders, especially those from low- and middle-income countries, to ensure global investments and new sustainable financing for pandemic preparedness are allocated to filling key national and regional R&D capacity gaps.