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The New A Platform to Support the Generation and Use of Health Economics Research to Tackle COVID-19

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, the scientific community has worked around the clock to produce evidence to support decision-makers in all aspects of pandemic management. As of April 2021, there are more than 78,000 articles published in peer reviewed journals and pre-prints (as indexed by Those unprecedented collective research efforts have supported decisionmakers across the world on some of the toughest choices in decades, from closing economies, to procuring vaccines and medical supplies and equipment, and preparing for the uncertain year ahead.

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India Needs to Focus on Three Urgent Actions to Mitigate its COVID-19 Humanitarian Crisis

India’s second COVID-19 wave has been explosive, reaching world record totals of over 300,000 daily officially reported cases. The true number is likely to be much higher, with a large number of cases missed as indicated by the delays in testing and rapidly rising positivity rates - currently one in every four people tested are positive for COVID-19 across India. Leading models estimate that there could be over 1 million cases per day. The health service has collapsed, with queues of ambulances parked outside full hospitals, oxygen and drug shortages in multiple states, and life-saving non-COVID services interrupted.

A figure of the relative contributions of select HICs, MICs, and LICs with different levels of progressivity

Financing Global Health Security Fairly

The world is in the midst of its worst pandemic in 100 years. We have seen human health, livelihoods, and businesses destroyed, but we have also seen unprecedented collective efforts to bring the pandemic under control. Since its inception in April 2020, the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A) has been at the centre of these efforts. Led by a Facilitation Council co-hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Commission, ACT-A brings together nine core implementing partners in collaboration with country governments, civil society organizations, and the private sector to develop the tools needed to test, treat, and prevent COVID-19.