For months, leaders and policymakers around the world have been tirelessly making the case for global coordination in the fight against COVID-19. A recent report from the International Chamber of Commerce further emphasizes the need for global collaboration on the pandemic after its findings demonstrated the extreme global economic costs incurred as a result of wealthy countries monopolizing COVID-19 vaccines.
Two scenarios from the study stand out:
Also weighing in were Bill & Melinda Gates, whose 2021 Annual Letter expressed hope that the shared experience of the COVID-19 pandemic “will lead to a long-term change in the way people think about global health—and help people in rich countries see that investments in global health benefit not only low-income countries but everyone.”
While fighting the pandemic is an international priority, global collaboration is also required to tackle critical and complex challenges facing Americans and the world alike. At the World Economic Forum last week, policymakers from the United States and around the world spoke to the need for global cooperation on health security, countering authoritarianism, humanitarian crises, and climate to solve the most pressing issues affecting Americans’ lives and people all over the globe. A snapshot of their commentary is below.