The Pandemic Fund Launches: What you need to know

November 16, 2022

Earlier this week at the G20 Leaders Summit in Indonesia, the Pandemic Fund was officially launched. This fund is intended to provide resources to and strengthen the capacity of low- and middle-income countries in mitigating the risks of future global health threats.

Ahead of the meeting, AVAC joined the Pandemic Action Network and 50+ civil society groups urging G20 leaders to ramp up action so everyone has the tools to curb COVID-19 and improve resilience to and prevent future pandemics.

In addition, AVAC joined a number of US-organizations in a letter to US Government officials urging them to adhere to four lessons learned in pandemic preparedness and response.

While this new Pandemic Fund represents progress, advocates know from HIV, TB and COVID-19 that meaningful inclusion of civil society and communities in decision-making around the global architecture of pandemic preparedness and response (PPR) is essential. But there’s risk civil society could end up excluded from key points in the process, resulting in catastrophic failure to allocate resources to those that need them most.

AVAC has compiled a few resources to keep you informed and engaged.

This Thursday, November 17, the Interim Civil Society Board members of the Pandemic Fund will host a town hall meeting to share information and updates on the Pandemic Fund, its governing processes, decisions taken and tasks ahead, and invite feedback from civil society and community colleagues. Register for the Zoom meeting!

In a new blog post, AVAC’s Multilateral & PPR Advocacy Specialist, Samantha Rick, shares key takeaways from the World Health Summit earlier this month, which casts a light on what’s happening with PPR and what it all means for HIV.

In a new Viewpoint in the Lancet HIV, Living with COVID-19 and preparing for future pandemics: revisiting lessons from the HIV pandemic, Judy Auerbach and colleagues make the case for more dialogue among polarized perspectives, identifying shared priorities, and drawing on multidisciplinary evidence to better apply lessons learned from COVID-19 to emerging infectious disease outbreaks.

@PandemicAction: The Pandemic Action Network is a partnership of global health organizations driving action to end the COVID-19 crisis and ensure the world is prepared for the next pandemic threat.

And continue to watch this space.