Statement 18 October 2022

IFPMA statement at the 69th session of the WHO EMRO committee on agenda item EM/RC69/14

By IFPMA

IFPMA welcomes the opportunity to provide comments in relation to this agenda item. The global community needs to look ahead to how it can learn from current experience of COVID-19 and design a new global architecture for Health Emergency Preparedness, Response and Resilience.

The IFPMA Covid-19 Lessons Learned report highlights some of the key factors that need to be addressed, including: that swift pathogen surveillance and sharing, an enabling innovation ecosystem, and regulatory agility are among the lessons that must be preserved for future ability to fight against unknown diseases. The most important reflection from the report is that we must redouble collective efforts to achieve health equity, while ensuring health systems and delivery infrastructure are strengthened.

These learnings have resulted in our industry tabling the Berlin Declaration, which proposes a collaborative solution to be discussed with G7 and G20 governments for more equitable rollout of vaccines, diagnostics, and treatments for future pandemics. In concrete terms, industry commits to setting aside vaccines, diagnostics, and therapeutics specifically for priority populations in low-income countries at the outset of a future pandemic.

As discussions continue how to strengthen health emergency preparedness, we must bear in mind that any future global health architecture must acknowledge a multistakeholder structure, including industry, public agencies, multilateral organizations, financial institutions, governments, and philanthropic organizations. This is the only viable solution to managing pandemic crises.

About IFPMA

The International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA) represents over 90 innovative pharmaceutical companies and associations across the globe. Based in Geneva, IFPMA has official relations with the United Nations and contributes industry expertise to help the global health community improve the lives of people everywhere. The industry’s two million employees discover, develop, and deliver medicines and vaccines that advance global health.

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