At the G20 Health Ministers’ Meetings in Gandhinagar, India on 19th August, Saudi Health Minister Fahad Al-Jalajel addressed the continuing need to support the COVID-19 Tools ACT-Accelerator initiative to prevent future pandemics.
Launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) at the 2020 G20 Riyadh summit, the accelerator is a global research programme dedicated to developing tools for fighting diseases.
The Saudi Minister also discussed the Kingdom’s continuing support for “global efforts to confront any health public emergencies in the future”, explaining the government has been ‘closing the financial gap’ with countries in need of support through a dedicated Pandemic Fund.
Al-Jalajel, who was also invited by the Indian presidency to attend the inauguration ceremony for The Global Initiative on Digital Health (GIDH), a WHO-sponsored initiative targeted at establishing a network of stakeholders to implement its Global Strategy on Digital Health 2020-2025 and standards promoting the transformation of digital healthcare systems.
Reaffirming his country’s ambition to making healthcare universally accessible, the Minister cited the Kingdom’s ongoing investment in health-related AI app development.