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The new COVID Treatment Quick Start Consortium will support governments to scale up test-and-treat programs in LMICs across Africa and Southeast Asia.

9/7/2022

Report | New report released by Duke GHIC and Global Health Technologies Coalition examines the WHO Prequalification Program

6/30/2022

The report, Navigating complexity to improve global access: Supporting a more efficient and effective World Health Organization Prequalification Program, examines successes and pain points of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Prequalification (PQ) Program and offers actionable recommendations to strengthen its role in facilitating global access to medical products.

The report—which was informed by a quantitative analysis of the timelines of more than two dozen prequalified products and qualitative interviews with WHO staff, product developers, and regulatory experts—documents how the PQ program has played a vital role in expediting access to safe, effective, and quality-assured health products in low- and middle-income countries and accelerating downstream approvals by their national regulatory authorities. However, it also reveals key operational challenges including a lack of public reporting on expected review timelines for all product types and performance indicators, confusion by developers as to how other WHO processes to define treatment and policy guidelines intersect with PQ, and staffing constraints.

The report identifies specific actions that WHO and its member states can take to improve the PQ program and make it more fit for purpose for an evolving regulatory landscape.

COVID Collaborative Support for Translating Summit Targets into Life-Saving Actions

Endorsed by Amanda Glassman, Mark McClellan, Michael Merson, J. Stephen Morrison, Krishna Udayakumar.

A Call for a Global Summit to End the COVID-19 Pandemic

Endorsed by a broad coalition of leaders and organizations.

Endorsed by John Bridgeland, Gary Edson, William Frist, Helene Gayle, Bruce Gellin, Amanda Glassman, Scott Gottlieb, Margaret (Peggy) Hamburg,  Amb [ret] Jimmy Kolker, Jack Leslie, Mark McClellan, Michael Merson, Carolyn Reynolds, Rachel Silverman, Eloise Todd, Krishna Udayakumar, Prashant Yadav.

Open Letter to the Biden-Harris Administration: US Emergency Plan for Global COVID-19 Relief: Urgent Action to End the Pandemic Globally and Accelerate US Recovery and Security
Opinion | Beyond Ample Supply, Hurdles Abound in the Race to Vaccinate the Globe via The Hill

By Mark McClellan, Krishna Udayakumar, Michael Merson, and Gary Edson.

Open Letter to G7 Leaders: A G7 Action Plan to Ensure the World is Vaccinated Quickly and Equitably

This Open Letter to G7 leaders proposes five-point action plan – including sharing of at least one billion doses worldwide this year and striving to vaccinate at least 60% of every country’s population in 2022.

Opinion | Why America’s Next Covid Push Should Be Outside America via Politico

By Mark McClellan, Krishna Udayakumar, Michael Merson, and Gary Edson.


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