While the world community struggles with the current pandemic, we should prepare for another one, said US Vice President Kamala Harris.
The United States supports the creation of a new funding mechanism for international health security. This was announced by US Vice President Kamala Harris, addressing the participants of the UN dialogue on preparing for possible new pandemics. The video of the speech of the deputy head of the US administration was posted on Monday on her official Twitter page.
“At the same time, while the world community is working to overcome the current pandemic, we know that we must also prepare for the next one. We need to be prepared, resilient, and responsive [to such threats],” Harris said.
From her point of view, “every country should have a strong health system that everyone can access, and personnel capable of detecting and stopping unexpected threats.” “To achieve this, we must create a new sustainable mechanism for financing health security. Moreover, that means providing specific incentives. This means innovative approaches. This means building structures of genuine oversight and accountability. And it also means creating a series of” triggers” so that we can quickly sound the alarm when a health emergency occurs, without wasting precious time, ” the US vice president is convinced. In her opinion, it is also necessary to improve the production and distribution systems of additional batches of medicines and personal protective equipment in the world. In addition, Harris assured that Washington would support COVAX – an international mechanism launched earlier by the World Health Organization. This initiative supports the creation of production facilities and the purchase of a vaccine against the new coronavirus. Under the terms of the program, high-income countries pay to purchase vaccines for less affluent States.