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Applying Global Health Advocacy to the COVID-19 Response

AVAC is using decades of experience with the HIV/AIDS epidemic to synthesize complex information, ensure meaningful community engagement, and implement smart, actionable biomedical prevention advocacy within the global COVID response.


Essential resources on COVID, HIV and global health

Regulatory Approval Primer for Vaccine Advocates

Essential Resources

On Wednesday, September 16, WACI Health, AVAC, and Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, TB and Malaria hosted a virtual dialogue about the impact of COVID-19 in Africa. Panelists included Dr. John Nkengasong, Director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control, Rosemary Mburu, Executive Director of WACI Health and Lwazi Mlaba, a Global Fund Champion working in HIV, TB and GBV; a COVID-survivor and the founder of the an African COVID-19 Support group.

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This guide highlights the strategies being implemented to shorten the COVID-19 vaccine development timeline and the benefits, risks and key takeaways for each.

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We stand on the shoulders of giants in the fight against HIV who never took “no” for an answer: advocates who demanded a vaccine because they knew their lives depended on it. At the same time, they acted as if a vaccine would never arrive, thereby accelerating the development and delivery of safe and effective treatment and prevention options.

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