September 14, 2021

Call for the EU to immediately use the flexibility instruments for the global COVID-19 response

COVID-19 recovery is at the top of every political agenda, with many donors — including the European Union (EU) — supporting the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A), a global collaboration mechanism aiming to accelerate the development, production, and equitable access to COVID-19 tools. But significantly more funding is needed for ACT-A to complete its work. 

The latest estimates anticipate that it may cost between $50-66 billion to fully vaccinate the world, plus additional investments needed to cover the cost of delivery in low- and middle-income countries. Meanwhile, ACT-A is still facing a $16.8 billion funding gap for 2021. Along with partners at Aidsfonds, CARE, DSW, Global Citizen, Global Health Advocates, and ONE, we call on the EU to contribute €1.3 billion more to meet their “fair share”. 

To do this, the EU should turn to the budget lines designed for crises exactly like this: 

  • The Emerging Challenges and Priorities Cushion (the cushion) 
  • The rapid response pillar within the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI) / Global Europe instrument. 

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