Global Health Council, Inc.

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Meeting: 
Seventy-second World Health Assembly (A72/1)
Agenda Item: 
12.1 Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework for the sharing of influenza viruses and access to vaccines and other benefits
Statement: 

Global Health Council supported by Global Health Technologies Coalition encourages innovative technologies and approaches to accelerate universal influenza vaccine research and development.

Pandemic influenza is a looming public health threat — as the World Health Organization has
noted, its emergence is a “matter of when not if — with far-reaching consequences.”

The only way that we can take the threat of influenza off the table is with a vaccine that protects against influenza viruses we know and those we have yet to experience. Combatting this significant threat to global health and shortening the timeline for a vaccine will require significant prioritization, collaboration, and investment in new approaches by WHO, member states as well as new partners.

The world needs a universal influenza vaccine to prevent massive loss of life and the extraordinary economic impact that a pandemic would have on our society. Progress has been slow but given the urgency, we need to explore new ways to solve this problem.