International organizations discuss how to improve access to COVID vaccines, countermeasures

The heads of the International Monetary Fund, World Bank Group, World Health Organization and World Trade Organization held on 17 December high-level consultations with UNICEF and Gavi aimed at increasing access to COVID-19-related vaccines and other critical medical countermeasures in low— and lower-middle-income countries. The four agency heads — Kristalina Georgieva (IMF), David Malpass (World Bank), Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (WHO) and Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (WTO) — issued a joint statement on behalf of the Multilateral Leaders Task Force.