13 November 2022

$50 million to boost global pandemic preparedness and response


Joint media release with

Anthony Albanese MP
Prime Minister of Australia

Senator Penny Wong
Minister for Foreign Affairs

Mark Butler MP
Minister for Health and Aged Care

Australia is contributing $50 million to the Pandemic Fund—a new global Financial Intermediary Fund to improve future pandemic prevention, preparedness and response.

The Pandemic Fund is the culmination of global efforts to ensure the world learns lessons from COVID-19.

It is an historic agreement designed to improve preparedness capabilities, to allow swifter and more coordinated responses to future pandemic threats. It will also provide additional, long-term financing to help strengthen national, regional and global pandemic preparedness and response.

The Pandemic Fund is hosted by the World Bank and draws on the technical expertise of the World Health Organization. It addresses gaps in pandemic financing and responds to the recommendations of high-level independent review processes including the:

  • WHO-commissioned Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response
  • G20 High-Level Independent Panel on Financing the Global Commons for Pandemic Preparedness and Response.

Australia is one of the founding donors of the Pandemic Fund which has current contributions totalling over US$1.4 billion.

This complements Australia’s $838 million support for regional and global vaccine access, including:

  • $623 million to fund COVID-19 vaccine procurement and targeted support to national vaccine roll-outs
  • $215 million to the COVAX Facility’s Advance Market Commitment.