WHO ACT Accelerator
In April 2020, the WHO launched its Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator which brings together various organisations to accelerate development, production and equitable access to COVID-19 tests, treatments and vaccines. As part of this initiative, the WHO has also developed the ACT-Accelerator Commitment Tracker to report on funding commitments made by countries and organisations against ACT-Accelerator Pillar budgets through nine leading global health organisations (CEPI, Gavi, Therapeutics Accelerator, Unitaid, FIND, Global Fund, WHO, UNICEF, GFF).
The ACT-Accelerator is updated every two weeks. It includes four focused pillars: diagnostics, therapeutics, vaccines and health system strengthening. Each pillar is managed by a couple of partners.
As of 29 Oct 2021, the ACT-Accelerator had received total financial commitments of US$18.7 billion towards the 2020-21 budget, with the funding gap of US$14.5 billion.
Australia had committed a total of US$133.4 million in COVID-19 funding to the 2020-21 budget, with US$100 million allocated to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, US$23 to UNICEF, US$5.4 million to FIND (the global alliance for diagnostics), and US$4.8 million to CEPI (the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations). Australia’s funding accounted for about 0.7% of total commitments to the ACT-Accelerator, and only 17% of its fair share against the 2020-21 ACT-A funding need. It ranked 16th among public donors.
In the budget year from Oct 2021 to Sep 2022, ACT-Accelerator is seeking to raise a total of US$23.4 billion, with 7 billion for diagnostics, 3.5 billion for therapeutics, 7 billion for vaccines, and 5.9 billion for health systems.
Australia has so far contributed US$18 million to the 2021-22 target through UNICEF (the United Nations Children’s Fund), with 15 million for vaccines and 3 million for health systems. Although Australia’s ranking among public donors has improved from 16th to 10th, Australia’s contributions only account for 4% of its fair share towards the 2021-22 budget.
Altogether, Australia has committed US$151.6 million to ACT-Accelerator, about 0.8% of a total of US$18.1 billion from government donors. Australia’s ranking in total funding is currently 16th.