Hello from Friends! Here is a quick look at what's new in our work to fight AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria in the age of COVID-19.
Chris Collins: America isn’t safe until poor countries have vaccines, too - Washington Post
  • "The Nov. 27 editorial 'No one is safe until everyone is' was right to call for immediate U.S. investment in coronavirus vaccine access for low-income countries. As the piece observed, the United States will not be safe from the coronavirus until the pandemic is under control around the world," Friends President & CEO Chris Collins wrote in the Washington Post. "Vaccine delivery will depend on health systems, and many of those systems are facing serious challenges, including disruption of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria programs."

  • "The United States must invest in vaccines, through Gavi — a public-private global health partnership with the goal of increasing access to immunization in poor countries — and other programs, as well as crucial services such as coronavirus personal protective equipment, diagnostics and treatments through the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Both programs have proven-effective delivery systems and partners ready to save lives."
Congratulations to Great Health Leaders Walensky, Becerra, Fauci
Congratulations to great health leaders Rochelle Walensky, Xavier Becerra and Anthony Fauci, who have been selected by President-elect Joe Biden to be CDC Director, Secretary of Health and Human Services and NIAID Director and Chief Medical Adviser on COVID-19.
How COVID-19 is Affecting the Global Response to AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
  • AIDS: COVID-19 pandemic slows Africa's progress against HIV

  • Malaria: COVID-19 could derail efforts to eradicate malaria in Pacific, health experts warn

  • Tuberculosis: TB testing took severe knock during lockdown

We're tracking the intersection of COVID-19 and AIDS, TB and malaria. See regular updates on our website.
Protecting Global Gains: A Better Way to Distribute Bed Nets
  • "Bed nets are to malaria what masks are to COVID-19: simple tools that can be extremely effective, but only if people have access to them and use them properly. Health officials in Benin and elsewhere are now deploying sophisticated digital technologies to distribute bed nets – and they’re making it work despite the COVID-19 pandemic."
Global Health News
  • Does Anthony Fauci Believe We’ll End AIDS in His Lifetime? (POZ)

  • The Global Need to Address the Dual Pandemics of HIV and COVID-19 Simultaneously (Chip Lyons)

  • USGLC CEO Statement on a Global Pandemic Response (USGLC)

  • Global Health Council President & Executive Director Statement on Global COVID-19 Response Funding (GHC)

  • Africa: Faith, Philanthropy, Community - How to Save Hundreds of Thousands from Malaria Amid Covid-19 (AllAfrica)

  • South Africa has hit the second Covid-19 wave: Health Minister (RFI)
Be sure to check www.theglobalfight.org for the latest. Thanks for your support.
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