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World Mask Week Sparks Global Movement

Leaders and people around the globe and across sectors unite around the importance of mask wearing to slowing the pandemic   When the Pandemic Action Network, WHO, Africa CDC, CDC and CDC Foundation, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Facebook, Google, Global Citizen

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Why Masks Matter

The Pandemic Action team has released a briefing on Why Masks Matter, detailing the growing evidence that wearing a mask or face covering can help slow the spread of the disease and save lives – especially when paired with handwashing, social distancing and when governments introduce effective test and trace policies.

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The wrong decision for America and the world

Last week, the Administration took the first formal step to initiate the US withdrawal from the World Health Organization (WHO). This decision will have huge negative consequences for America and the world – never more so than in the middle of a global pandemic.

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What Germany’s Leadership Can Achieve Over the Next Six Months

On July 1, Germany will take over the Presidency of the Council of the EU. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced Germany to radically revise its priorities for a ‘crisis’ presidency, but it is also an opportunity for the country to show strong leadership on the EU stage, and most importantly on the world stage.

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The Next Pandemic Won’t Wait: An Agenda for Action to Strengthen Global Preparedness

While the world is focused on the COVID-19 response, we cannot afford to continue to ignore or delay action to bolster global preparedness for emerging pandemic threats. The Pandemic Action Network released a brief paper with topline recommendations from our Global Health Security Architecture working group urging world leaders to take steps now that will help prevent the next pandemic.

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Global Partnerships are our Due North in the Fight Against this Pandemic

This was the week of partnerships. On Wednesday 30 September, organizations came together in different ways to help end the pandemic. The WHO, FIND, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome, CEPI, GAVI, the Global Fund and UNITAID gave the final lift-off to the Action for COVID Tools Accelerator (ACT-A) which needs to raise $38B in total.

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Pandemic Action Network’s Statement of Support for Full Funding of the Act Accelerator

Today was an important step forward for global solidarity and toward the global goal of ensuring safe, equitable and affordable access to vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics for COVID-19 as soon as possible.  The Pandemic Action Network warmly welcomes funding commitments from Canada, Germany, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the World Bank that will help deliver more COVID Tools in developing countries.

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