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The blueprint for pandemic prevention - an urgent call to action for policy makers

The coalition for Preventing Pandemics at the Source has released a 2-page document summarizing the case for preventing pathogen spillover, based on the latest research, and the priority actions that should be taken by governments. This document also addresses how Foundations, donors and businesses can help.

Urgent need for integrated pandemic policies on pathogen spillover

Members of the coalition for Preventing Pandemics at the Source and Pallavi Kache, from the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology, Columbia University write in The Lancet Planetary Health about the urgent need for integrated pandemic policies on pathogen spillover

Summary of analysis: Interventions to prevent pathogen spillover and curb early disease spread among domestic animals and humans

The coalition for Preventing Pandemics at the Source has released a summary of its forthcoming paper on interventions to prevent pathogen spillover and curb early disease spread among domestic animals and humans

 

Recommendations on the draft of a new international instrument for pandemic prevention, preparedness and response

The coalition calls on member states to include in their feedback on the working draft of the instrument the position that reducing the risk of spillover must be explicitly included as an objective, with concomitant commitments and actions.

On July 15, 2022, ahead of key negotiations on this draft, we released these detailed recommendations on how to integrate spillover prevention in different sections of the instrument. 

Recommendations to Parties to the CBD on the updated draft of the Global Biodiversity Framework

The coalition calls on Parties to the CBD to include in their feedback on the updated draft of the framework during negotiations in Nairobi from June 21-26 the position that reducing the risk of pathogen spillover must be retained as part of the framework.

On June 13, 2022, we released this advisory note summarizing the coalition's recommendations to ensure pathogen spillover prevention is included in the final version of the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. 

Advisory note on a global fund for pandemic prevention and preparedness

The coalition calls on governments and other donors to support the creation of new fund for pandemic prevention and preparedness.

On May 9th, the coalition released this advisory note outlining why such a fund is necessary and the coalition's recommendations on the fund's structure and governance, scope, funding required and funding sources.

Written submission for public hearings on a new instrument on pandemic prevention, preparedness and response

The coalition calls on the Intergovernmental Negotiating Body and member states to the WHO to include support for One Health with a focus on preventing pathogen spillover in a new international instrument on pandemic prevention, preparedness and response.

On April 13th, the coalition submitted this written statement as part of the first public hearings held by the WHO. The statement was guided by the question: “What substantive elements do you think should be included in a new international instrument on pandemic preparedness and response?”

Recommendations to the delegates in advance of the special session of the World Health Assembly

The coalition calls on the delegates at the WHA special session to ensure that spillover prevention expertise are explicitly included in the development of a new international instrument.

On November 23, 2021, we prepared this advisory note urging delegates to ensure that prevention at the source and reducing the risk of zoonotic spillover inline with the Berlin Principles on One Health be included explicitly in the scope of the development of a new international instrument, recognize the interconnection of human, animal, and ecosystem health.

Memo to the Biden Administration

The coalition calls on the Biden Administration to include spillover prevention as part of a comprehensive strategy to prevent future pandemics.

On April 2021 we wrote a memo urging the Biden Administration to ensure the inclusion of actions to prevent spillover at the source in the recently released American Pandemic Preparedness: Transforming Our Capabilities.  

Open Letter to United States Congress

The coalition calls on the United States Congress to prioritize pandemic prevention

On February 10, 2021, we released this open letter urging the United States Congress to include dedicated support for prevention at the source in its COVID Relief Plan. The letter also implores leadership to create a Global Fund for Pandemic Prevention.

 

Please contact us if your organization would like to sign on.

Letter to the World Bank's Board of Executive Directors

The coalition calls on the World Bank's Board of Executive Directors to ask for a revision of the proposal to set up a new fund for pandemic prevention, preparedness and response. 

On June 28, 2022, we sent this letter to the Bank's Board outlining our deep concerns with the governance, operations and scope described in the memo to the Board. This memo reflects an outdated and neocolonial approach, and excludes actions to prevent disease emergence which are crucial for the fund's success.

Feedback on the World Bank's white paper on a fund for pandemic prevention, preparedness & response

The coalition calls on the World Bank to ensure that the proposed financial intermediary fund for pandemic prevention, preparedness and response includes spillover prevention in its scope.

On June 1st, the coalition submitted this written input to the World Bank outlining why it is crucial that the fund's focus areas for financing include spillover prevention and why the fund's governance should be more inclusive.

Advisory note on a new international instrument for pandemic prevention, preparedness and response

The coalition calls on the Intergovernmental Negotiating Body and WHO member states to include provisions to reduce the risk of pathogen spillover in a new international instrument on pandemic prevention, preparedness and response.

On April 15th, the coalition published this advisory note which outlines in more detail than in our written submission what provisions should be included in the instrument to reduce the risk of pathogen spillover and why including them is crucially important. 

Recommendations to Parties to the CBD on the first draft of the Global Biodiversity Framework

The coalition calls on Parties to the CBD to include in their feedback on the first draft of the Global Biodiversity Framework, and subsequent negotiations, the position that reducing the risk of pathogen spillover must be explicitly included.

On February 25, 2022, we prepared this advisory note summarizing the Coalition's recommendations on the inclusion of pathogen spillover prevention in the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. 

Coalition letter to President Biden

The coalition calls on the President Biden to include spillover prevention in his plan to stop future pandemics.
 

On September 14, 2021, we wrote an open letter to President Biden and leaders across the executive branch to underscore the importance of incorporating spillover prevention actions into the White House’s recently released pandemic preparedness plan (American Pandemic Preparedness: Transforming Our Capabilities).

Memo to the G20 HLIP on Financing the Global Commons

The coalition calls on the G20 HLIP on Financing the Global Commons to include funding for spillover prevention into future pandemic financing plans.

On April 30, 2021, we wrote a memo to the G20 High Level Independent Panel on Financing the Global Commons for Pandemic Preparedness and Response, urging them to build a comprehensive financial architecture that enable pandemic prevention at the source.

 

 
 

Statement for World Health Day 2022 "Our planet, our health"

On April 7th, 2022 our Secretariat released this statement calling major UN bodies and global leaders to include prevention of spillover as a key element of their policy efforts and public communications.

Statement on decision to establish UN global accord on pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response

On December 9, 2021 our coalition prepared this statement imploring governments to ensure investments in prevention actions are prioritized beyond business-as-usual approaches, including upstream prevention of future pandemics by including mechanisms and funding to reduce spillover risk and a systematic adoption of a One Health approach.

Statement in advance of the 74th World Health Assembly

On May 20, 2021, the coalition released this statement expressing our concern that measures to be discussed at the World Health Assembly will not prevent future pandemics.

G7 governments must act fast with a focus on viral spillover to prevent the next pandemic, says new coalition of leading health & environmental groups focused on preventing pandemics at source

On March 05, 2021, the coalition released a press release calling on the Group of Seven (G7) governments to fill a major gap in post-COVID recovery plans. 

Statement on the IPCC WGII contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report

On March 18th, 2022 our Secretariat released this statement highlighting that safeguarding biodiversity and ecosystems is a win-win strategy to both mitigate and adapt to the severe threats of climate change and protect ourselves from the devastating impact of future pandemics.

Statement on G7 Leaders’ Summit

On June 11, 2021, our Secretariat released this statement noting how G7 leaders are neglecting critical steps that would reduce the risk of future pandemics.

Statement in response to the findings & recommendations from the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response

On May 12, 2021, our Secretariat released this statement in response to the WHO's Independent Panel report on Pandemic Preparedness & Response, highlighting the need to incorporate spillover prevention into the scope of fully comprehensive pandemic prevention efforts.