IFPMA Covid-19 Günlük Bülteni – 30 Mart

30.03.2020

Top news:

  • J&J announced a lead vaccine candidate for COVID-19, the expansion of its existing partnership with the US Department of Health & Human Services, and a $50 Million commitment to support frontline health workers battling Covid-19
  • Roche’s stroke drug Activase has been added to the mix of existing treatments which could be effective in treating COVID-19
  • Gilead will expand access to remdesivir by streamlining its approach and allow physicians and hospitals to apply for emergency use for multiple patients at once.
  • United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres says he fears “millions and millions” of coronavirus cases in Africa and high mortality rates. He called on wealthy countries to help the developing world, for their own sake, as Oxfam calls for $160 billion Global Public Health Plan and Emergency Response for the poorest countries; which will ensure that vaccines and treatments, when ready, are rapidly available to everyone – for free.
  • WHO’s Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan has so far received more than $622 million. WHO has urged countries to safeguard the free movement of vital medicine and equipment as global health systems buckle under the pressure of tackling coronavirus.

VACCINE/ TREATMENT DEVELOPMENT

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DIAGNOSTICS

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  • Forbes: U.S. Approves Abbott Labs Five-Minute ‘Rapid’ Coronavirus Test. Abbott president and COO Robert Ford said that with rapid testing through their ID NOW test, healthcare providers can perform molecular point-of-care testing outside the traditional four walls of a hospital in outbreak hotspots delivering positive results in as little as five minutes and negative results in 13 minutes.

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HEALTH CARE SYSTEM

GLOBAL RESPONSE

  • EU: EU mobilises immediate support for its Western Balkan partners to tackle coronavirus. As part of the global response to the coronavirus outbreak, the European Commission has announced up to €38 million in immediate support for the Western Balkans to tackle the health emergency caused by coronavirus and reallocation of €374 million to help the socio-economic recovery of the region.
  • Financial Times: UN calls for $2.5tn package for developing countries hit by virus. Unctad, the UN’s trade and development agency, said $1tn should be made available through the IMF’s special drawing rights (the multilateral lender’s foreign exchange reserve assets, available to its members without the usual IMF conditionality), $1tn through debt relief, and a further $500bn in a “Marshall Plan” for emergency services and social relief programmes, largely in the form of grants.
  • OXFAM in WEF: As coronavirus spreads to poorer countries, here’s how the world can help. Oxfam is calling today for a package of nearly $160 billion to avert the kind of loss of life, which would be enough to double the health spending of the world’s 85 poorest countries, home to 3.7 billion people.  Oxfam is also calling for immediate debt cancellation of poor countries, and massively increase aid to them. A Global Public Health Plan and Emergency Response, Oxfam believes, can help stop coronavirus from killing millions of people and over 10 million new paid and protected health workers, governments must requisition all private healthcare facilities. A global agreement is needed now so that vaccines and treatments, when ready, are rapidly available to everyone – for free.
  • Handelsblatt (in German): A 5-point-action-plan against pandemics – An op-ed by Wolfgang Ischinger & Stefan Oschmann. Wolfgang Ischinger chairman of the Munich Security Conference (MSC), and Stefan Oschmann, CEO of Merck, outline 5 crucial steps which should be considered when responding to future pandemics and how it will be possible to return to ‘normality’ after countries’ current lockdowns. The 5 crucial points are: Prevention is the basic condition for success; interdisciplinary interconnectedness; massive investments in medical technologies; global cooperation is a must; and Europe must finally come to its senses and act as a united front.

ACCESS/ SUPPLY OF MEDICINES

COVID-19: FOCUS ON AFRICA

WHO – Daily COVID-19 update, 25 March

Statement by Dr. Tedros:

  • He is very grateful to the many countries & foundations who have contributed; more than US$ 622M has been received so far by the WHO, he thanked King Salman Center for Humanitarian Relief for its contribution of US$ 10M
  • Ensuring free movement of essential health products is vital for saving lives & curbing the social & economic impacts of the #COVID19 pandemic
  • He specifically called upon countries to increase production, ensure free movement of essential health products and ensure equitable distribution of those products based on need
  • He asked for specific attention to LMICs in Africa, Asia and Latin America
  • Dr. Tedros also spoke about and  tweeted out that he was honoured to brief G20 Trade Ministers on COVID19
  • He said that there is commitment of the G20 countries to work together to improve the production & equitable supply of essential products
  • WHO has published guidelines to help countries balance the demands of responding directly to COVID19, while maintaining essential health services