On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak – the disease caused by the novel coronavirus – a global pandemic. Substantial resources to support the development of diagnostics, treatments and vaccines have been mobilised.
EATG is a patient-lead organisation concerned about the various implications that the COVID-19 pandemic can have for the lives of people living with or affected by HIV, as well as for healthcare systems. We stand in solidarity with countries and populations hit by this health and social crisis.
Controlling this pandemic requires a comprehensive public health and social response from governments, international institutions and other actors. One, that places respect, protection and promotion of human rights at the centre. At the same time, there is an on-going need for financial and scientific support for the development of highly needed diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines and then a need to ensure fairness and equity in their access. We need a Common Public Good approach.
This is why we join our voice to others asking researchers, industry, regulators, policy makers, and funders of COVID-19 research (stakeholders) to:
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