Check out the recommendations by The Lancet COVID-19 Commission, where founder of PfGG Kirsten Brosbøl serves as a Commissioner, with ten concrete points to action for decision makers on COVID-19 response.
They address four main global challenges posed by the pandemic:
- suppressing the pandemic by means of pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical interventions
- overcoming humanitarian emergencies caused by the pandemic, including poverty, hunger, and mental distress
- restructuring public and private finances in the wake of the pandemic
- rebuilding the world economy in an inclusive, resilient, and sustainable way that is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement.
The ten priority actions proposed by the Commission will be useful for parliamentarians in their efforts to hold governments accountable and Build Back Better with the SDGs.
The Lancet COVID-19 Commission is chaired by Professor Jeffrey Sachs, and serves to assist governments/legislators, civil society, and the UN institutions in responding effectively to the COVID-19 pandemic. A key aim of the Commission is to accelerate the adoption of creative and efficient solutions to the pandemic worldwide.
The ten recommended priority actions:
- Origins: track down the origins of the virus in an open, scientific, and unbiased way not influenced by geopolitical agendas
- Non-pharmaceutical interventions: suppress the epidemic through the proven package of non-pharmaceutical interventions, as accomplished by several countries including several in the Asia–Pacific region
- Science-based policy making: base policy making on objective scientific evidence and stop politicians and others in positions of power from subverting clinical trials and other scientific protocols
- Timely and consistent data: collect and publish timely and internationally consistent data on the state of the pandemic, including humanitarian and economic consequences
- Justice in access to tools to fight COVID-19: ensure universal access to the tools to fight COVID-19, including test kits, therapeutics, and prospective vaccines
- Emergency financing: secure access of developing countries to financing from international sources, especially from the International Monetary Fund and World Bank
- Protect vulnerable groups: direct urgent protection towards vulnerable groups, including older people, people in poverty and hunger, women who are vulnerable, children, people with chronic diseases and disabilities, the homeless, migrants, refugees, Indigenous Peoples, and ethnic and racial minorities
- Long-term financial reform: prepare for a deep restructuring of global finances, including debt relief, new forms of international financing, and reform of monetary arrangements
- Green and resilient recovery: economic recovery will be based on public-investment-led growth in green, digital, and inclusive technologies, based on the Sustainable Development Goals
- Global peace and cooperation: support UN institutions and the UN Charter, resisting any attempts at a new cold war