The Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) has reaffirmed the need for timely and transparent international cooperation a to stop the devastating public health, social and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. A statement released by the GHSA Steering Group, of which Australia is a member, has pledged to place the highest priority on combatting the spread of COVID-19.
Australia joined the GHSA at its inception in 2014 and has been actively working with members in accelerating political and multi-sectoral support to reach the GHSA2024 target of more than 100 countries with strengthened health security capacities.
The GHSA is a multilateral initiative of nearly 70 countries, international organizations, civil society, and private sector partners working together to keep the world safe from infectious disease threats. It brings together a range of sectors including health, agriculture, finance, and defence to build countries’ capacities to prevent, detect, and respond to disease threats. Australia specifically participates in the Sustainable Financing Gap, Antimicrobial Resistance and Biosecurity and Biosafety Action Packages.
Read the full statement released on 22 July 2020 at the GHSA website.