As civil society, we believe the Biden-Harris administration can help reset the world’s approach to health, moving us toward the end of the existing pandemics and helping stop the next ones.
An effective U.S. approach to pandemic preparedness should:
We believe that where new, additional funds for pandemic preparedness are channeled, their scale and their governance will determine our collective success on these goals.
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria is the best-situated funding mechanism to scale up the health systems investments required for pandemic preparedness, rooted in a vision of global health solidarity. It is a false choice between tackling existing pandemics and stopping future ones. Building on the Global Fund’s investments in resilient and sustainable health systems will help stop emerging and future pandemics while reinvigorating the fight against the pandemics of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.
We are concerned about channeling new funds through the World Bank or other institutions that lack inclusive governance or proven impact on health equity. Creating a new financing mechanism from scratch could lead to further siloing, unrepresentative governance, and disconnection from core health services. We do not have time, and the burden on communities and governments in the South is unnecessary. Instead, by leading a global effort to significantly increase resources through the Global Fund, the Biden-Harris administration has the chance to reset the world’s approach to health. We believe the replenishment of the Global Fund in 2022 is a chance to bring together significant new resources, raise global ambition, and put health equity at the center of pandemic preparedness.
Strengths of the Global Fund for pandemic preparedness
There are pieces of pandemic preparedness beyond the scope of the Global Fund – but any element of real health security requires a health system that is reaching the most marginalized groups, isolated communities, and people facing poverty. This is where the Global Fund partnership is essential.
The U.S. has long had bipartisan support for the Global Fund, and now the Biden-Harris administration should expand the vision, reach, and impact of that commitment as a global leader in the wake of COVID-19.
Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, TB and Malaria
Partners in Health
Treatment Action Group