Instead of reacting to the identification of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 with travel bans and fear, the world should be lauding southern African scientists, investing in their research capacity, and addressing vast inequities in vaccine distribution.
Thanks to a new monetary guarantee, UNICEF can help lower-income countries more easily access urgently needed health care supplies. With a form of revolving credit plan, countries need no longer be hampered by typical months-long funding streams.
As the COVID-19 crisis continues, a well-coordinated global response is more important than ever. Drawing on insights from our broad array of partners, our foundation has identified a number of critical actions that can help stop the spread of the virus, help protect against future pandemics, and strengthen basic health systems around the world.