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The G20 Pandemic Fund has given its approval for a $25 million proposal from India’s Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying. This funding is intended to bolster India’s Animal Health System. Key points from the announcement:
Pandemic Fund’s Purpose
- The G20 Pandemic Fund was established under Indonesia’s G20 Presidency with the goal of financing essential investments to enhance pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response capacities. It specifically targets low- and middle-income countries at the national, regional, and global levels.
Role of the Pandemic Fund
- According to the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairying in India, this funding from the Pandemic Fund will not only provide additional resources for pandemic prevention and preparedness but will also incentivize increased investments. It aims to improve coordination among partners and serve as an advocacy platform.
Reducing Pathogen Risks
- The project’s primary impact is expected to be a reduction in the risk of pathogens emerging from animals and being transmitted to the human population. This is crucial for preventing future pandemics.
Importance of Coordination
- The devastating human, economic, and social costs of the COVID-19 pandemic have underscored the urgent need for coordinated efforts to build stronger One-health systems. This initiative is part of the broader global efforts to mobilize additional resources for pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response.
This funding from the G20 Pandemic Fund represents a significant step toward strengthening India’s Animal Health System and contributing to global efforts to prevent and respond to pandemics.