Please join the Future of Diplomacy Project for a discussion on the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response’s (IPPPR) recent report "COVID-19: Make It the Last Pandemic" with Panel members Dr. Joanne Liu, former International President of Doctors Without Borders; David Miliband, President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Rescue Committee; and Ambassador Anders Nordstrom, Head of Secretariat of the IPPPR. The IPPPR was established by the World Health Organization Director-General to provide an evidence-based path to ensure that countries and global institutions effectively address health threats. This discussion will be moderated by Professor Graham Allison.
In its report, published May 2021, the Independent Panel found weak links at every point in the chain of preparedness and response. Preparation was inconsistent and underfunded. The alert system was too slow—and too meek. The World Health Organization was under-powered. The response has exacerbated inequalities. Global political leadership was absent.
In response, the Panel presents a package of recommendations that seek to learn from this crisis, and plan for the next one. These include committing to clear targets, additional resources, new measures and elevating health threats to the highest levels of political leadership. The Panel also calls for immediate actions to curb the COVID-19 pandemic through more just and strategic vaccine distribution as well as national-level measures to address ongoing waves of transmission.