02:00 PM in Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna
Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi)
Ensuring innovation and equitable access for COVID-19 treatments and other pandemics
This webinar will discuss the urgent need for innovation of and equitable access to COVID-19 therapeutics.
In the face of global vaccine inequity, the need for treatments at all stages of COVID-19 is more pronounced than ever. Yet research and development (R&D) of therapeutics has been relatively neglected in the global response to COVID-19 – and the few treatment innovations that do exist have been principally available in high-income countries. There is some recent good news on the therapeutic front, with the possible approval in the coming weeks and months of several new antiviral treatments. But without urgent course correction, the very same challenges that have stymied equitable access to vaccines may also hinder availability, affordability, and equitable access to these treatments. How can we best address both the promise and pitfalls of the past year and half when it comes to treatments for COVID-19? How can these lessons help shape the pandemic preparedness and response architecture that is emerging?
• Dr Ayoade Alakija, Co-Chair, African Union Vaccine Delivery Alliance
• Ms Loyce Pace, MPH, Director, Office of Global Affairs, US Department of Health and Human Services
• Dr Marie-Paule Kieny, Chair, DNDi Board of Directors