What Has Covid-19 Taught Us about Strengthening the DOD’s Global Health Security Capacities?

Since the pandemic began, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has been heavily involved in addressing challenges to the armed forces while supporting the overall national Covid-19 response. Broad U.S. military expertise in health, biosecurity, and biosafety will continue to contribute substantially to coordinated, interagency global health security efforts.

The COVAX Advance Market Commitment ‘One World Protected’ Investment Opportunity Launch

On April 15, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and the U.S. government co-hosted a high-level meeting centered around the theme of “One World Protected” to launch a fundraising campaign for the COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC). Securing the funds necessary to enable a rapid and equitable distribution of vaccines to lower- and lower-middle income countries is essential to protecting global health security and preventing further social and economic disruptions.

What Did the U.S. Military Learn in the First Year of the Pandemic?

How has the military coped with ensuring its own readiness during the pandemic and how do militaries best support the civilian response to the pandemic? Answers to these questions will not just help the United States prepare for the next public health emergency—natural, accidental, or intentional—but they will have global applications as well.

WASH as a Critical Component of Primary Health Care and Health Security

More than three decades have passed since the Declaration of Alma-Ata proclaimed primary health care (PHC), along with water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), to be basic inputs for public health. The outbreaks of Ebola virus in West Africa and in the Democratic Republic of Congo reinforced the important role WASH services play in protecting clinical staff from infection and preventing community transmission of the virus.

Immunizing the World in a Novel Pandemic

The novel coronavirus pandemic disrupted years of progress against vaccine-preventable diseases and created several new obstacles to sustaining access to global immunization. As the world surpasses 100 million cases of Covid-19, how are efforts such as the Access to Covid-19 Tools Accelerator’s COVAX Facility working to secure global collaboration, to ensure access to Covid-19 vaccines for all affected populations, and to begin to turn the tide of the pandemic?

Harnessing Multilateral Financing for Health Security Preparedness

The financing gap for preparedness is one of the starkest problems in health security. The CSIS Commission on Strengthening America’s Health Security proposes some sensible pathways for leveraging this year’s IDA19 replenishment to help close this gap.