France props up WHO for setting up World Health Academy in Lyon

Macron: We should avoid at all costs a “two-speed world” scenario

Emmanuel Macron.

France is supporting the World Health Organisation for setting up a World Health Academy in Lyon, which will train health personnel from all over the world, said French President Emmanuel Macron during his speech at the G20 Summit on Saturday.

As WHO announced last spring that the academy, based in Lyon, is planned for launch in May 2021. The state-of-the-art lifelong learning centre, will apply the latest technologies and adult learning science to meet the learning needs of millions of health workers, policy makers, and WHO staff around the world.

He stressed that in the area of health, his country shares the multilateral agenda, “which is the only one entirely effective”.

The time has come to convert the conceptual approach of the “global public goods” into concrete reality, the French President said recalling that G20 brings together 90% of the world economy. “We have all the industries capable to produce health technologies against Covid-19 on a large scale. He accented that the response to the pandemic should be comprehensive, coordinated and united response, as to be effective.

He underlined the “impressive progress in our first goal”, the Access to Covid-19 Tools ACT-Accelerator, which was to accelerate research and production of health technologies globally. We can reasonably hope that before the end of the year a vaccine will be available, which is completely new.

According to the French President, the second fight, even more difficult that must be carried on is this for universal access to health technologies against Covid-19.

Macron also asked: when the first vaccine appeared on the market, whether we will be ready to guarantee access to it on a planetary scale, and at all costs to avoid a “two-speed world” scenario, where only the most rich could protect themselves from the virus and come back to normal life?

 

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