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Therapeutics

The Therapeutics Pillar, co-led by Wellcome, the Global Fund and Unitaid, actively tracks the pipeline for new therapeutic products, engaging originator and generic companies on access issues for front-runner candidates. The Global Fund, UNICEF and WHO lead procurement and deployment of COVID-19 therapeutics, including oxygen and related products, once confirmed in WHO guidelines. 

Achievements

Funding vital research and development of new therapeutics

Procuring over  US$519 million worth of medical oxygen supplies
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Goal: 

Ensure 120 million COVID-19 patients in low- and middle-income countries have access to existing and emerging treatments, including medical oxygen

IMPACT STORY: OXYGEN ACCESS IN ZAMBIA

In 2021, Unitaid and CHAI signed Memoranda of Understanding with two major gas companies, Air Liquide and Linde Group. The Oxygen Taskforce has been working with countries to leverage these agreements and secure oxygen supply at competitive prices for their COVID-19 needs. The multilateral response in Zambia is a key example of how these agreements have been effectively operationalized by countries to support their pandemic response. 

 

Through the MoU, CHAI, AFROX (a subsidiary of Linde Group) and the Ministry of Health of Zambia worked together to increase the production and availability of medical oxygen when it was most needed during their 3rd COVID-19 wave. The Ministry of Health secured the refilling of 10,000 oxygen cylinders through CHAI guaranteeing 10 weeks of refills at $19/refill with 30 – 60 day payment terms. This initial order and guarantee incentivized the Lusaka industrial gas plant to switch industrial supply to medical supply, and at the same time Afrox agreed to convert additional industrial cylinders to medical standards. Since then, three additional donors have been exploring procuring via this production facility and CHAI Zambia has since signed an agreement with AFROX Zambia for the installation of a tank at Lusaka’s Levy Hospital with 6 months refills.

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For more on the ACT-A Oxygen Emergency Taskforce, read: The ACT-A Oxygen Emergency Taskforce – One Year On… 

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VIDEO: ACT-A partners increasing access to oxygen in Nigeria

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RESOURCES

WHO COVID-19 Therapeutics Living Guideline

User-friendly online platform with recommendations

ACT-A Oxygen Stories

Social media tiles making the case to #InvestinOxygen

PATH O2 Needs Tracker

Interactive tool mapping medical oxygen needs in LMICs