The Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A) was set up in April 2020 as a groundbreaking global collaboration to accelerate the development, production and equitable access to new COVID-19 diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines.
Since May 2020 the Platform for ACT-A Civil Society & Community Representatives (the Platform) has been supporting community and civil society representatives in ACT-A and advocating for and ensuring that every aspect of the ACT-A has reserved space for communities and civil society to bring their expertise, experience and voices to the table.
Currently, there are 47 community and civil society representatives who sit across the 4 “Pillars” (Vaccines/COVAX, Diagnostics, Therapeutics and Health Systems & Response Connector) and two representatives at the Facilitation Council who also participate in “ACT-A Principals” discussions. A full list of the ACT-A representatives can be found here.
The platform is currently supported by a team of 7 people and co-led by WACI Health, Global Fund Advocates Network (GFAN) and STOPAIDS. We are currently looking for a fourth and fifth community organisation to join as co-leads of the platform to ensure communities impacted by COVID-19 are represented and included across all areas of work of the ACT-A.