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World

New kinds of loans and bonds could fill $28 billion COVID funding gap: WHO

  • The WHO and GAVI vaccine alliance aim to provide poor and middle-income countries with diagnostic tests and vaccines through a fund known as the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator
  • Senior WHO adviser says financing is what stands between us and getting out of this pandemic as rapidly as possible
15 Dec 2020

(Geneva) The World Health Organization is looking at new financial instruments to help to fill a $28 billion funding shortfall for tools to fight COVID-19, a senior official said on Tuesday.

The WHO and GAVI vaccine alliance aim to provide poor and middle-income countries with diagnostic tests, drugs and vaccines through a fund known as the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, which was set up last April.

Bruce Aylward, a senior WHO adviser and its ACT coordinator, said that new financing mechanisms - including concessional loans and catastrophe bonds - were discussed at a meeting of the ACT facilitation council on Monday, co-chaired by Norway and South Africa.

"Right now financing is what stands between us and getting out of this pandemic as rapidly as possible," he told a U.N. briefing in Geneva.

"It's a real challenge in today's fiscal environment despite the fact that this is the best deal in town," Aylward said, referring to the ACT Accelerator facility. "This will pay itself off in 36 hours once we get trade and travel moving again."

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