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 health care 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, were 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.