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April 18, 2024

GHTC submitted the following intervention at a US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) listening session held on April 18 ahead of the G20 Health Ministers' Meeting in Rio de Janeiro.

Thank you for the opportunity to share our coalition’s priorities for the upcoming G20 Health Ministers’ meeting in Rio de Janeiro. As the United States and others consider reforms to realize a more fit-for-purpose global health architecture, the Global Health Technologies Coalition urges them to prioritize the following actions to strengthen research and development (R&D): 

1. We urge the G20 countries to invest $80 million in FIND's 100 Days Mission for diagnostic and $1.5 billion to fulfill the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations' 100 Days Mission strategy for vaccines, as well as to support Unitaid and others for therapeutics. Additionally, we appreciate US leadership in catalyzing investment in the Pandemic Fund, and we urge the US government to work with G20 countries to fully finance the institution annually at $10.5 billion, focusing on low- and middle-income countries, and to develop a global pandemic response financing playbook for flexible access to medical countermeasures. 

2. We urge the United States to support national and regional regulatory bodies ensuring safe product distribution in low- and middle-income countries, invest in tailored health technologies for vulnerable populations, provide technical support for equitable distribution through organizations like the World Health Organization, and engage local communities in designing and delivering health technologies. 

3. We advocate for the establishment of an inclusive medical countermeasures platform guided by human rights principles, prioritizing low- and middle-income countries through sustainable financing and equitable access.  

4. To strengthen local capacity, we urge the United States to support R&D hubs, endorse regionally led manufacturing plans, and secure commitments from private sector and government for technology transfer and regulatory support.  

5. To tackle climate and antimicrobial resistance (AMR), we urge the United States to invest in interdisciplinary R&D for novel antimicrobials, increase funding for push and pull incentives like the Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Biopharmaceutical Accelerator and the Global Antibiotic Research and Development Partnership, and facilitate global discussions on R&D priorities through the Global AMR R&D Hub.