G20, Meloni launches international health fund: “Never more unprepared for pandemics”

Italy at the forefront of future challenges against pandemics. Giorgia Meloni takes the floor at the G20 in Bali, Indonesia, to address a “crucial” issue: “Health is everything as we say – begins the Italian prime minister – and Italy supports your efforts to build a global health architecture”. Meloni reminds us that “according to the WHO, the end of the Covid-19 pandemic is in sight, but the pandemics are not over. On the contrary, experts warn us that they can occur more frequently. , pollution and frequent travel contribute to the spread of disease”.

What, therefore, to do, in practice, so that the world does not see itself once again having to deal with a virus like Covid without having the proper tools to deal with it? “The Italian presidency of the G20 has focused last year on the holistic One Health approach – adds Meloni – which covers all aspects of health, in the broadest possible sense, and is the only sustainable solution in the long term. better prepared for possible crises in the coming years. We cannot afford to be taken by surprise again”, emphasizes Meloni.

Here, then, is a concrete action: “The preparation, prevention and response to pandemics require resources, reliable financing and greater capacity to mobilize funds – explains the Prime Minister – For this purpose, the Joint Finance-Health Task Force, co- chaired by Italy and Indonesia, launched a specific Intermediate Financial Fund. The fund is expected to be fully operational by the end of the year. Fifteen donor countries and three charities have already pledged to donate $1.4 billion. Italy is the third donor, after the United States and the European Commission.”

Source: IL Tempo