President Cyril Ramaphosa will immediately take part in a digital occasion to mark the one-year anniversary of the World Well being Organisation’s Entry to COVID-19 Instruments Accelerator (ACT Accelerator).
The occasion brings collectively ACT Accelerator co-founders, Facilitation Council co-chairs and principals from companion businesses. It should afford members an opportunity to replicate on progress, challenges and the trail ahead.
South Africa, alongside Norway, has co-chaired the Facilitation Council of the ACT Accelerator since September 2020.
In a single yr, the ACT Accelerator has made vital strides within the improvement and equitable distribution of thousands and thousands of diagnostic kits, vaccines doses and remedy to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.
The accelerator contains 4 pillars: Diagnostics, Therapeutics and Vaccines (also referred to as COVAX), with the Well being Methods Connector pillar working throughout the opposite three. Every pillar is managed by two to 3 companion businesses.
Moreover, the World Well being Organisation leads on the cross-cutting Entry and Allocation work stream.
As of 19 November 2020, because the launch of the ACT Accelerator, the Diagnostics, Therapeutics, Vaccine the Well being Methods Connector pillars has delivered the next:
The Diagnostics pillar has invested in innovation for sooner, extra correct, inexpensive and easier-to-use assessments, boosting manufacturing capabilities, and guaranteeing that assessments are scalable. Greater than 50 diagnostic assessments have been evaluated. In September 2020, ACT Accelerator companions introduced that they might make out there 120 million inexpensive, high quality COVID-19 speedy assessments for low- and middle-income international locations.
The Therapeutics pillar goals to search out essentially the most promising remedies for everybody the world over and be certain that essentially the most marginalised communities can entry the advantages too. It’s analysing greater than 1 700 scientific trials for promising remedies and has secured dexamethasone for as much as 2.9 million sufferers in low-income international locations. It has additionally secured an settlement to assist facilitate future entry to monoclonal antibody therapies in low- and middle-income international locations.
The Vaccines pillar – also referred to as COVAX – represents the most important and most assorted portfolio of COVID-19 vaccines globally and which at present comprises over 10 vaccine candidates.
The pillar additionally launched the COVAX Facility for international procurement of vaccines, with over 180 international locations engaged.
A complete 190 international locations signed as much as the COVAX Facility which has shipped greater than 40 million doses to 100+ taking part economies.
The goal for 2021 is to ship 2.5 billion protected and efficient doses by the top of the yr.
The Well being Methods connector has surveyed over 100 international locations to determine well being system bottlenecks and capability gaps, and mapped the programs necessities for COVID-19 instrument supply in 4 out of the world’s six areas.
The occasion will likely be reside streamed from the World Well being Organisation’s pandemic web page.