The Advisory Group on Research and Innovation for Africa-Europe Cooperation (AG) presented draft papers at a workshop on September 7, 2021, that recommended renewing the 2010 EC Communication on global health in the context of COVID-19 along with prioritizing global health initiatives.
The concept-note included a draft paper entitled, "R&I for Strengthening People-Centred Resilient Health Systems for UHC," which focuses on potential global health responses in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.
The advisory group of six high-level experts from Europe and Africa also called for complementing initiatives like the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP), which would help create a suitable environment for health research and innovation in priority areas such as antimicrobial resistance, maternal, newborn, and children’s health, and sexual and reproductive health. The group also recommended prioritizing the establishment of an African Medicines Agency (AMA). The final report will be published in early October.