Inter-American Dialogue’s Taskforce on Regional Cooperation for Health Emergencies publishes COVID-19 report

On July 28, the Inter-American Taskforce on Regional Cooperation for Health Emergencies, which focuses on hemispheric cooperation around recovering from COVID-19, published their report on “Deepening Cooperation and Coordination on Health Policy in the Americas.”

Here are the main findings in the task force’s report of which GSL Director Steven Hoffman is a co-author:

  1. Leadership, governance, political will, and trust among countries in the Western Hemisphere are a crucial condition for success in fighting this pandemic and preparing for the next one.

  2. The current COVID-19 pandemic raises important questions about the quality, transparency, sharing, and use of data, and it highlights the challenges associated with data use.

  3. The world needs a new era of cooperation and collaboration for International Health Regulations implementation.

  4. Ensuring equal access to COVID-19 health services and products – in particular, vaccines – would maximize social and economic recovery and bring the pandemic under control in the region.

  5. The best way to deal with the spread of misinformation, disinformation and conspiracy theories is to put science at the forefront of all discussions.

Watch the launch event for the report on the right.


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