Watch: Steve Davis on rethinking global health

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COVID-19: A conversation with Steve Davis. Via YouTube.

The coronavirus pandemic has caused major disruption in global health, and exposed gaps in global health governance and coordination. But as the sector rethinks the current global health architecture, global health expert Steve Davis cautioned against trying to fix it by just setting up a new institution.

“Probably every week, I'm in a conversation, where somebody says something — and I'm accused of doing this as well — ‘we need the Gavi of X.’” Davis, senior strategy adviser and interim director of the China country office at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said in an interview.

“I understand the need for some of these new capabilities, I just wonder how we can shuffle the architecture a bit, where we don't keep adding on more and more rooms to the house … As opposed to thinking maybe we need to redesign the house a little bit,” said Davis, who previously served as president and CEO at PATH.

In the interview with Devex President & Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar, Davis also talked about vaccine nationalism, delivery challenges for a COVID-19 vaccine, and what priorities need to be shifted to be better prepared for the next global health crisis.

Watch the full interview with Steve Davis.

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Gilbert Houngbo on food security and COVID-19
Bertrand Badré on the pandemic's effect on impact investing
CEPI CEO on the barriers to COVID-19 vaccine access

About the author

  • Raj Kumar

    Raj Kumar is the Founding President and Editor-in-Chief at Devex, the media platform for the global development community. He is a media leader and former humanitarian council chair for the World Economic Forum and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. His work has led him to more than 50 countries, where he has had the honor to meet many of the aid workers and development professionals who make up the Devex community. He is the author of the book "The Business of Changing the World," a go-to primer on the ideas, people, and technology disrupting the aid industry.