Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.
The summit expects commitments from a number of Latin American countries using their domestic manufacturing capacities. It will also discuss “collective disobedience” to override IP protections via national legislation.
GHSA has multiple means to support countries in advancing their health security plans, according to its members, but these may need to be more visible for GHSA to maintain its relevance as new initiatives and recommendations come in for pandemic preparedness and response.
Adeeba Kamarulzaman, president at the International AIDS Society, tells Devex that the HIV/AIDS response can be reinvigorated by reminding political leaders that “HIV is still here,” and that prevention is “always better and cheaper than cure."
The funding can help secure 1.8 billion "fully subsidised doses" for lower-income countries. But Gavi's CEO stressed the need to still share vaccines, with COVAX expecting a supply shortfall of 190 million doses by the end of June.