Former Prime Minister of Sweden, Carl Bildt, has been appointed as the WHO Special Envoy for the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-Accelerator).
Bildt will help lead the collective advocacy for the ACT-Accelerator in his role. He will mobilize support and resources so the programme can deliver against its strategy for 2021.
The World Health Organisation says Bildt will also support the leaders of the ACT-Accelerator co-convening agencies.
He will advise the Director-General, ACT-Accelerator principals and stakeholders on emerging issues and represent the ACT-Accelerator in key national and international fora.
“Former Prime Minister Bildt’s appointment as Special Envoy for the ACT -Accelerator comes at a time when global solidarity and equitable access to life-saving tools are more important than ever. We are fortunate to have him in this important leadership role. Helping us to get therapeutics, diagnostics, and vaccines to health workers and vulnerable populations around the world,” says Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.
Bildt succeeds Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Sir Andrew Witty.
“I am honoured to have been appointed as WHO Special Envoy for the ACT-Accelerator. As a unique instrument of coordination for the global effort to fight the pandemic, the ACT-Accelerator has proved its worth during the past year. But with infections rising in all regions of the world, and with the danger of vaccine nationalism growing, work must be intensified across the entire range of efforts to fight the pandemic. It’s a question of saving lives, protecting health systems, and getting the global economy going again,” says Carl Bildt.