The Netherlands must learn from the COVID-19 pandemic and make sure we are better prepared against future pandemics. This is one of the main conclusions of a recent survey conducted by Validators.
Epidemic preparedness is the ability to prevent a dangerous viral outbreak from turning into an epidemic or worse, a pandemic. As we saw with COVID-19, vaccines play a central role to combat a healthcare catastrophe.
Aligning with the recent concerns expressed by the public health service in the Netherlands, 60% of the Dutch population believes that their country, as well as the rest of the international community, was insufficiently prepared to face the COVID-19 pandemic.
More than 70% of the Dutch population agrees vaccines are crucial to preventing and fighting a pandemic and that the Dutch government should invest more in vaccine research and development.
80% of the population believes the Netherlands should be better prepared for a potential future pandemic.
Global health, global access
Cordaid has initiated this survey to support the message of its advocacy campaign Global health, global access.
Health is a basic human right. Cordaid wants to ensure that everybody has access to quality health care. By combining public awareness and policy-influencing actions, the organisation aims to restore the Dutch commitment to spend 0,7% of the Gross National Income on development aid, of which 0,1% should go directly to improving global health.
In the meantime, Cordaid supports the work of institutes and global health initiatives like COVAX (COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access), Gavi (the Vaccine Alliance) and CEPI (Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations) to achieve our common mission: good quality health care for all.