France's Macron calls for increased funding to ACT-A, emphasizing health systems strengthening in low-income nations

In a statement given on February 12, 2021, French President Emmanuel Macron reiterated the need for the international community to provide equal access to vaccines, treatments, diagnostics, and to reinforce health systems to tackle the COVID-19 crisis through the World Health Organization-led initiative, the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A).

Macron reminded listeners that France took part in the launch of ACT-A and that France's contribution to the global response to COVID-19 amounted to 500 million (US$600 million) to date. (This amount includes financial resources that are not only directed to ACT-A.) 

After detailing each of the four pillars of ACT-A (vaccines, treatments, diagnostics, and health systems strengthening), Macron emphasized the need to focus on supporting health systems in low-income countries, a direction undertaken by the French Development Agency, which has already provided 1.2 billion (US$1.4 billion) on this front.

Press release - French Presidency (in French)