It is attempted that the body will become more permanent to mitigate future pandemics.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Looking to strengthen the global health architecture, the Indonesian G20 Presidency will bring stakeholders from the finance and health sectors together in a series of meetings in Yogyakarta on June 20 and 21, 2022.

The series of meetings will include the First Health Ministerial Meeting and the First Joint Finance and Health Ministers’ Meeting.

“The First Health Ministerial Meeting will be followed by the First Joint Finance and Health Ministers’ Meeting,” Indonesian spokesperson for the G20 forum, Siti Nadia Tarmizi, informed at a press conference on the pre-event of the First Health Ministerial Meeting, which was accessed online from here on Friday.

The health ministerial meeting would be attended by a number of delegates from G20 nations, the Global Fund, as well as the Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data (GISAID), she informed.

Furthermore, Secretary General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus; CEO of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Richard Hatchett; as well as Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Mathias Cormann, will also attend the meeting.

Tarmizi said that the meeting will discuss G20 attempts to strengthen the global health architecture by building a health security system, harmonizing the health protocols, and strengthening the pharmaceutical industry.

"In addition, harmonization of the COVID-19 health protocols and the standardization of international travel documents will be discussed in the meeting," she added.

The meeting will also deliberate on a universal vaccine certificate verification method that pays attention to data safety, capacity, affordability, and ethical issues.

Its participants are also scheduled to discuss the Financial Intermediary Fund (FIF) for mobilizing funding sources through a more permanent mechanism.

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"During the COVID-19 pandemic, the G20 had the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A) as an ad hoc body. It is attempted that the body will become more permanent to mitigate future pandemics," the spokesperson said.

In addition, the information-sharing scheme on whole-genome sequencing (WGS) data through the implementation of GISAID Plus will be discussed so that various types of pathogens, viruses, and bacteria that have the potential to cause a pandemic can be detected.

"Currently, Indonesia has partaken in sharing the data, namely regarding the influenza virus," Tarmizi added.

The series of meetings are expected to generate an agreement on new methodologies in research and development, which will be funded at the global, national, sub-national, and community levels by involving policy makers in the health and financial sectors.

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