Highlights & updates


Martina Szabo

Latest bi-weekly report on COVID-19 response measures in Africa

The Partnership for Evidence-Based Response to COVID-19 (PERC Coalition), a joint effort between Resolve to Save Lives, IPSOS, Africa CDC, the World Health Organization (WHO), UK Public Health Rapid Support Team, Novetta Mission Analytics and the World Economic Forum, has released its latest bi-weekly report about the implementation of public health and social measures (PHSM) in Africa, as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Covering the period between 28 October-10 November, the report notes several country-specific findings and the following regional trends:

  • Cases continue to rise, and African Union Member States have started to reinstate PHSM or extend existing measures.
  • Pressure to avoid complete economic shutdowns is high, especially as people continue to suffer from loss of income and increased food insecurity.
  • The majority of posts on social media and citizen quotes in news articles continue to support government measures, but country and regional differences persist.
  • In Africa – and globally – adherence to restrictions has increasingly become politicized as cases continue to rise, and elected government officials are weighing reinstating measures against the potential impact on their electability.
Image: Partnership for Evidence-Based Response to COVID-19

Read the full report here. For more information on the disease situation, PHSM implementation and adherence in Africa, as well as PERC Survey findings, please visit the PERC dashboard and website.

Urgent priorities for the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-Accelerator)

The Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, is a groundbreaking global collaboration to speed up the development and deployment of vaccines, tests and treatments for COVID-19, with a focus on global coordination and solidarity.

Since April, the ACT-Accelerator has supported the fastest, most coordinated global effort in history to develop tools to fight a disease. With significant advances in research and development by academia, private sector and government initiatives, the ACT Accelerator is on the cusp of securing a way to end the acute phase of the pandemic.

To succeed at its goals, the ACT-Accelerator has several Urgent Priorities & Financing Requirements, including an additional $4.2 billion in urgent funding, with a further $23.9 billion required in 2021 if tools are to be deployed across the world as they become available. According to the partnership's economic investment case, a fully-financed ACT Accelerator would pay back the required investment in under 36 hours once global mobility and trade are restored.

“Together, we have implemented the ACT-A system, with the ambition to be part of a "global public good" approach, that is, to allow access for all to these tools to fight this pandemic.”

—Emmanuel Macron, President of France

World Leaders will meet at the G20 Leaders' Summit on 21-22 November to discuss the global response to COVID-19, including the ACT-Accelerator.

Learn more about the ACT-Accelerator, its partners, and its objectives here.

The COVID Response Alliance marks World Social Enterprise Day

World Social Enterprise Day is an annual celebration of social innovators who are developing innovative business models delivering social or environmental good. To mark this occasion the COVID Response Alliance for Social Entrepreneurs reiterated its support and commitment to stand by social entrepreneurs as they work tirelessly to safeguard the livelihoods of vulnerable populations.

Check out some of the social media coverage below and follow these hashtags: #WhoKnew #SocialEnterpriseDay #TogetherwithSocEnts

Alliance member WWF launches Market Voices - time for a just, green recovery

Through short conversational video pieces, Alliance member WWF launched its second series of the Markets Voices project that convenes diverse perspectives on how companies, communities and consumers can respond to changing global markets and deliver a just, green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Current conversations explore nature tourism and community enterprises, with pieces on food security, and consumer behaviour to follow. Check out the video series here.

Health innovations featured in top 10 emerging technologies

We've launched the annual list of the top 10 emerging technologies, compiled by a group of experts convened by the World Economic Forum and Scientific American. To be selected, technologies must be new and poised to impact the world in the next three to five years.

Every year, this publication brings together some of the world’s experts to inform decision-makers and the wider public about emerging technologies that have the potential to disrupt industry and society. This gives us the chance to position ourselves to best capitalize on their promises and safeguard against potential risks.

For example, the 2017 top ten emerging technologies report featured genomic vaccines as an emerging technology - the same technology that is today behind several COVID-19 candidates, including those developed by Moderna and Pzifer & BioNTech.

Health-related technologies have a strong presence this year: read the report to find out more about virtual patients, microneedles for painless injections and tests, whole-genome synthesis, and digital medicine.

Launch of the Partnership for Health System Sustainability and Resilience

The COVID-19 pandemic has tested - and continues to test - the limits of health systems around the world. Change is needed to build health systems that are both resilient to crises and sustainable in the face of long-term stresses.

From new models of care, to innovative financing mechanisms and breakthrough technologies, the PHSSR aims to make change happen by identifying transferrable solutions with the greatest potential, and supporting their adoption to deliver better health and better care for all.

The partnership will work with leading experts from private and public sectors, initially in Italy, France, Germany, Poland, Russia, Spain, the UK and Vietnam to recommend policy changes, identify practical solutions and take joint action.

Partners from research institutes, health-care providers, governments, business, academia and third-sector organizations are welcome to participate in the international effort. Join the partnership here.