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Saudi health expert call for global action over COVID-19 pandemic after the Health20 Summit

A Saudi health expert on Thursday called for urgent international action to tackle the global fallout from the coronavirus disease COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Abdulelah Al-Hawsawi, vice president of the Global Sepsis Alliance, spoke as the virtual two-day annual Health20 Summit. Mark Feinberg, the chief executive officer of IAVI was also a part. He warned that the world would fail to deal with another pandemic if countries, companies, and relevant bodies were unable to work together.

He stated that we have to act swiftly; we have to act now. I think we have to have the collective wisdom of planet Earth. Greg Perry is the assistant director general of the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations. He noted that 300 partnerships created since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Similarly he also said structures needed to be established to enable more public and private sector partnerships and investment projects to take place.

Dr. Hayat Sindi, senior adviser to the president of the Islamic Development Bank. He said the bank had set up a blockchain platform enabling $2.3 billion. This allocated to more than 30 member countries to cover urgent needs. This during the COVID-19 outbreak while also helping small and medium-sized enterprises, and trade. Dr. Peter Singer, special adviser to Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director general of the World Health Organization was also present. He said: “Equity. Equity. Equity. The only way to solve the economic crisis is to solve the health crisis.”

Andreano Erwin also addressed the Health20 Summit. The Indonesian Health Ministry’s director of international cooperation, said healthy people and healthy economies inextricably linked. He added that tackling diseases was not a cost but an investment. Similarly noted that investments needed to be quantitatively measured alongside national objectives. And Jamie Bay Nishi, director of the Global Health Technologies Coalition, also called for more investment. This to deal with the COVID-19 crisis and any future pandemics.


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