In conjunction with the launch of the Global Fund’s new Results Report, which showcases the devastating impact of COVID-19 on the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, Executive Director Peter Sands was featured in an interview by one of the top national newspapers in Japan, the Asahi Shimbun GLOBE (print) and GLOBE+ (online).
In the article, Mr. Sands highlights the following points:
In order to prevent infections until the vaccines made available worldwide, it is necessary to accelerate diagnostics/testing, PPE, and oxygen.
The impact of COVID-19 is not limited to the deaths from COVID-19, but also include the “knock-on impacts”, the incremental deaths from other diseases. We should learn from what the last pandemic, AIDS Pandemic taught us, which the poorest countries waited for more than 7 years for the treatment to became accessible.
Tackling inequality will help us stop the spread of the virus and make the world a safer place for everyone, so hopefully the G20 leaders will commit to doing better when they meet in October.